I’ve finally worked down my procedure for dealing with spammers. : )
Now, this isn’t the ultimate solution, and it isn’t guaranteed to work – it is just an account of what I do when I receive junk email: report spammers.
- First, as I use Outlook, I have to find the headers of the email (under “properties” of the said mail) – and copy them at the beginning of the mail I am forwarding.
- Then starts the “investigation” part: using the “IP Whois” and the “Worldwide Whois” of UXN Spam Combat, I look up
- IP addresses (those are the numbers, formatted like “000.000.000.000”)
- domain names (like “www.anydomain.com”)
and add to the recipient list of the email I am forwarding “[email protected]” or “[email protected]” (email hosting services will probably have an “abuse” address… “postmaster” is the more sure bet – it has to exist).
- I add [email protected] in the “CC” field – as they are supposed to monitor UCE (Unsollicited Commercial Email) issues and take action to solve the problem.
- Finally, I paste some text (I personally use the text listed under “1”, without the bracketed paragraph) at the top of the mail, and send.
- Don’t follow any links on the email (especially “remove” or “unsubscribe” links), or reply to it. It will only confirm to the spammers that your email address is a “good” one!
- Take care in who you forward the email to: you don’t want to bug the wrong people, do you? Check the abuse.net contact database if you aren’t sure.
- Make sure you forward the whole email, including the headers.
- Keep the accompanying message polite and to-the-point.
Some links and resources about UCE and spammer tracking:
- abuse.net – general resources and information
- spam.abuse.net – information and faqs: why it is important to fight spam
- UXN tracing spam – good step-by-step guide to header reading and IP tracking
- anti-spam tips – How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam, and Telemarketers
- more links – more links and resources: fighting european spam
That should be enough to get you started!
Update 01.06.2004: use SpamCop instead, much simpler!