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Indiana Office of Technology

IOT > Security > Matters of Interest > Spam Spam

SPAM

State employees receive valueless email commonly referred to as SPAM.  IOT's "SPAM filter" stops thousands of these messages every day but it does not stop them all.  Though not all SPAM messages are scams, enough are to demand wariness of emails from unknown sources.

Reporting SPAM

For every message that the state receives from parties outside state government the filter is blocking six SPAM messages.  State users must remain alert for SPAM that evades the filter.  SPAM that evades the filter can be reported to the SPAM postmaster using the following instructions:

Open a new message

  1. Address message to postmaster@iot.in.gov
  2. Type "SPAM" on the subject line of the message
  3. Use Attach Item (envelope with paperclip) to attach the "SPAM" message. 
  4. Send message
  5. Delete SPAM message from your mailbox

Once the SPAM postmaster has received your message you will receive an email acknowledging its receipt.

Please Note:

  • Do not respond to the SPAM, this will alert the spammers that they have a valid email address and can potentially increase SPAM received. 
  • Currently there is not a way to report SPAM if you are using webmail.

How to check if a message is a SPAM

If you want to check the validity of an email, here are some Web sites that provide information on hoaxes, urban legends and viruses.