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See if your state has a spam law. Click your state on the map below to see if a spam law exists for your state on the web site. Most states favor ISPs over end users as for damage amounts. Oklahoma spam law, for example, stipulates that an injured Electronic Mail Service provider may, in lieu of actual damages, elect to recover the greater of $10 per spam or $25,000.00 per day. Texas, Virginia and other states have similar protections. If your state does not yet have a spam law, there’s still the federal CAN-SPAM Act of 2003. Unless you are an Email Service Provider, however, there is no relief available to end users of email services.

Save your spam

Rather than delete your spams, retain them in your spam folder for evidence. A court cannot award you any damages if you delete the spam. Your spam emails themselves are your best evidence that the spammer broke the law.

Backup your evidence

If you are using Outlook or Outlook express it is very easy to backup your spams. Simply highlight them in your mail program and then drag them into an empty folder. Alternatively you can backup the data files themselves.

Typically, Outlook Express files are tucked away in one of the following folders:

C:\Documents and Settings\[NAME OF USER]\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{REALLY-LARGE-NUMBER}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

C:\Windows\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{REALLY-LARGE-NUMBER}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

C:\Windows\Application Data\Identities\{REALLY-LARGE-NUMBER}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

If you do not have a folder similar to any of the ones above you can always do a search for inbox.dbx or folders.dbx

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