Reporting Fraudulent "You Won a $100 Gift Card" emails.

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I often get "You won a $100 bonus gift card" emails which I promptly report (because Hotmail has a report phishing menu item).
But I also have email accounts where there are no ways to report clearly fraudulent messages.
Are there any places I can forward fraudulent emails to?
It seems like the wrong thing to do is nothing. I'd like to do something. There's not even a topic here on EE which covers "Fraud" or "Phishing" or "police"
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Top Expert 2016

Commented:
just do what everyone else does 'mark them as spam/junk and delete them
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Distinguished Expert 2018
Commented:
Unfortunately SPAM is impossible to stop.  I agree with David.  It takes less effort to just delete them or set up your own filters/rules to automatically delete them for you.

The FTC has an email address to forward them to:
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/GettingStarted#crnt
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There's no point in reporting spam email.  The FTC is interested only in what is going around, not in actually stopping it.  The local police will take a report only if you lost money, and won't investigate it even if you file a report.  Every couple of years the FBI catches a big load of spammers in one go, but it's playing whack-a-mole and there are way more moles under the playing field that will stick their heads up shortly.

It's like mosquitoes; you can use repellent or slap 'em yourself, but nobody else is going to do anything about it.
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This is one of the most depressing situations. CLEARLY fraudulent emails are being sent constantly and no one, no agency, is doing anything to stop this?
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Distinguished Expert 2018

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Figure out a way to stop it and you can retire VERY wealthy!  No one else has...
Top Expert 2016

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because the cost is so low these people can send 1 million messages/second  in a spray and pray approach and there are enough 1D10Ts out there that it makes money. The inventors didn't envision this when they designed the protocols.. it was just a wonder to them that it actually worked. There has been talk and proposals that have not got anywhere about micro payments i.e. $0.0001/email
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Side note:  I think the "work before play" model has merit.  The MTA on the receiving end says "Here's a randomly generated puzzle which can be solved by 10 rounds of standard hashing from the correct initial condition.  Solve it by finding the correct initial condition, send the solution back to me, and then I'll accept a message."

This would not eliminate junk mail but it would cut the density down.  It has two big recommendations -- a) the owner of a subverted machine sending spam would wonder why it occasionally comes to a drop-dead stop when it hashes, and b) as computational power rises, receiving MTAS can up the ante with "... solved by 50 rounds / 100 rounds ..."

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