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Old 17. Aug 2009, 07:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Can anyone recommend the best, or their favourite, websites to forward spam emails to?
(Usually I just delete them but occasionally I feel the desire to hit back )

Also your preferred method for reporting the sources of spam and potentially malicious websites?
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Old 21. Dec 2009, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

A bit ... too late, but if you're still interested, I'm using Spamcop - it's a free service, maybe you've heard of it.

You create an account, "register" your mail hosts and after that, any spam that gets you, you can report it through Spamcop. Actually, Spamcop reports it for you to the administrators of the network where the spam originated from. If there's a spamvertised site promoted in the body of the message, you can send the report to the corresponding administrators as well. You can also add your personal comments.

http://www.spamcop.net/

Another approach would be http://www.spamtrackers.eu/, where you, after creating an account, you get to use an app that does the parcing and comes up with the corresponding receivers of your reports, which you write yourself and send from your email - Spamcop does it through its service, no personal data sent.

Have a look and decide for yourself.

Best of luck,
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Old 21. Dec 2009, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the reply! I'd forgotten about this thread.

I have seen Spamcop but wasn't sure whether it was worth creating an account (or how much hassle it would be). I'll take another look at it though.

I get the feeling most people think reporting spam mail is futile and choose to look for a way of just blocking/filtering it instead.
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This has nothing to do with reporting, but sometimes bouncing it back will stop it. Mailwasher will bounce them back. Sometimes you don't have a choice because the the email sent to you either doesn't give you a choice to unsubscribe, or it simply doesn't work.

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Old 22. Dec 2009, 06:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This has nothing to do with reporting, but sometimes bouncing it back will stop it. Mailwasher will bounce them back. ...
Not such a good idea, as most of the time the sender's address is forged (the real person behing the address you see is in most cases unaware that his/ her address is being used in spam), so by bouncing it back you just spread the spam further, sending it to an innocent party.
Common practice also include sender (From) & receiver (To) being the same address (not the same person, of course).
The origin of the spam is hidden in the headers of the mail. Using a reporting service has the benefit of reveiling the true origin (you can do it yourself, but it's too time consuming). Also, as another very common practice is the use of a bot (the host being unaware of its existence), it can lead to its revelation to the host & administrator responsible for the bot's internet access; in the end it can lead to its take down - the ultimate goal in the fight against spam.

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... Sometimes you don't have a choice because the the email sent to you either doesn't give you a choice to unsubscribe, or it simply doesn't work.
If it's the real nasty kind of spam (e.g. Canadian Pharmacy), choosing to click on "unsubscribe" is the worst thing you can do, as it only validates your email address, meaning its value rises and that ensures your address being added to other spam lists in no time; in the end, all you manage is to get more spam.
If it's some promo related spam (e.g. Ashampoo, SoftMaker, etc), unsubscribing always works and you can opt out any time.


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I get the feeling most people think reporting spam mail is futile and choose to look for a way of just blocking/filtering it instead.
Reporting can get tiresome if one receives tens or hundreds of daily spam, especially if you try to report it all. The benefit on the other hand is that the more people report the same spam (origin & spamvertised sites), the better the chances of the responsible administrators taking action against it.

If you get a lot of spam, you might want to try a comb of reporting & blocking/ filtering; in any other case, report it, aiming to the long-term benefit.

To avoid getting into any spam list in the first place, a good practice is to use disposable email addresses (if applicable) in cases you're unsure of the security messures taken by a site - I wonder what would all the spamers do if everybody took that approach.

Hope this wasn't too long for you,
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Old 22. Dec 2009, 08:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If it's some promo related spam (e.g. Ashampoo, SoftMaker, etc), unsubscribing always works and you can opt out any time.
Yeah your right, it depends on the type of spam. I was thinking of promo/ad type harmless spam from legitimate sites when I posted. The promo/ad spam is the only type I ever get, which is very rare for me and has been easy for me to unsubscribe. I was a member of an online spades game site one time. They kept sending me spam and unsubscribing didn't work. I bounced it back and I stopped receiving it. I never receive the bad stuff though. Either because I have been real careful about giving my email out or lucky or both.
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I always try to adhere to these two important points you make :-

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If it's the real nasty kind of spam (e.g. Canadian Pharmacy), choosing to click on "unsubscribe" is the worst thing you can do, as it only validates your email address, meaning its value rises and that ensures your address being added to other spam lists in no time; in the end, all you manage is to get more spam.
If it's some promo related spam (e.g. Ashampoo, SoftMaker, etc), unsubscribing always works and you can opt out any time.
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To avoid getting into any spam list in the first place, a good practice is to use disposable email addresses (if applicable) in cases you're unsure of the security messures taken by a site - I wonder what would all the spamers do if everybody took that approach.
SpamCop seems like the type of thing I'm looking for although it's not quite as simple as it first appears. I think it's important to read through and understand all the info on the site before starting to use it. Certain rules need to be noted and adhered to, and care should be taken when handling any replies. Still, I'll probably give it a go.

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