"You've got mail."
Every time you log on you hear those words. And more often than not -- you'll find some spam in your e-mail account.
"It angers me," says John Blysma. "It can be very damaging."
Blysam is talking about the latest spamming trick.
"It can ruin reputations."
It's called spoofing.
"E-mail spoofing is also known as e-mail forging where some simply changes the address to whatever they want it to be," says Brian Cullins of Spydernet in Tyler.
Cullins explains spoofers can eve take your e-mail address and send spam to anyone and everyone you know.
"Generally they are advertising things like porn, or a product or a service," Cullin says.
"You sort of feel violated in a way because it is taking who you are and misrepresenting you in a sense," explains John Blysma, a local business owner and spoofing victim. He got an e-mail from someone he knew from E-bay asking for account information.
"They could have easily taken the information that I had given them and basically if they got a hold of my social security number or anything like that they could basically take over my identity," Blysma says.
Cullins says spammers are using spoofing more and more because fire walls and filter on most computers make it difficult to send spam.
He suggest protecting your business, web site or personal e-mail address in one of several ways.
First, get two e-mail address, one for personal e-mail and one for public use. Second, use a complicated e-mail address instead of using something common like your first and last name.
Companies should use a generic e-mail on their web sites that can be easily changed, to cut down on spoofing.
He also suggests asking your Internet provider for spoofing filters. Brian's company does offer spoofing/spam control.