my war against spammers

can of spam

Email (or e-mail) is the greatest thing since sliced bread but spam spoils that bread.

There are lots of ideas out there for reducing the spam that fills your mailbox. One good idea, of course, is to NEVER, ever, under any circumstances, reply to any spam. Never. Delete them. Always.

Spam is everybody's problem and I do what I can to fight it. Seems to me if everybody did this, it would cut spam to near nothing. Unfortunately, I only lead horses to water; I can't make 'em drink it.

Here is what I do, as my share to STOP the spammers.

Nearly all my junk mail automatically winds up in my Windows Mail "junk e-mail" folder.

My ISP (Internet Service Provider) is TELUS. I have set my Telus account so that Telus adds *Telus detected spam* in front of the subject, but does not delete them. This means I do receive them all. Their filter is VERY good but there is an occasional error.

When I feel like it, I go to the "junk e-mail" folder and right-click on the first email. There I choose "Properties." On the next window I choose the tab "Details" and then select ALL the "details" shown and put them into my clipboard with Ctrl-C. Then I click "Cancel."

Now I click the "Forward" button to forward the email to the appropriate authorities.

Now I select my own "signature" and Ctrl-V to erase the signature and replace it with the spam's "details."

I might erase the AVG note at the bottom to show it has scanned the incoming email for viruses. maybe not.

Now I look a the "details" stuff which, typically, may look like this actual one: (I have xxxx'd out my own address)

Return-Path:
Received: from priv-edmwaa11.telusplanet.net ([204.209.205.55])
by priv-edmwes33.telusplanet.net
(InterMail vM.7.08.04.00 201-2186-134-20080326) with ESMTP
id
<20090327061007.USQQ3504.priv-edmwes33.telusplanet.net@priv-edmwaa11.telusplanet.net>;
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:10:07 -0600
Received: from vszbskzie (p4250-ipbf6605marunouchi.tokyo.ocn.ne.jp
[114.150.51.250])
by priv-edmwaa11.telusplanet.net (BorderWare Security Platform) with ESMTP
id EF4835273D3C01D7;
Fri, 27 Mar 2009 00:10:05 -0600 (MDT)
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 22:21:48 -0700
In-Reply-To: <1ee001c9ab90$1ade299c$aab5ed4d@cp8ko92>
X-Sender:
Reply-To: "Melvina Kellee"
From: "Melvina Kellee"
Message-ID: <1238131308.3353@entergy.com>
To: xxxxxxxxxx.net
Subject: *TELUS Detected Spam*Designer Rep1icaWatches & Hand Bags, AAA Top
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Sender:
X-BTI-AntiSpam:
score:90,sta:off,dcc:off,dnsbl:matched/1,sw:off,bsn:66/passed,spf:off,dk:off,pbmf:none,ipr:none,trusted:no,ts:no,bs:no,ubl:matched/1
X-Antivirus: AVG for E-mail 8.0.238 [270.11.29/2024]
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="=======AVGMAIL-49CCDE590000======="

and look for the LAST (not the first) line starting with "Received" which in this example, is this line:

Received: from vszbskzie (p4250-ipbf6605marunouchi.tokyo.ocn.ne.jp [114.150.51.250])

On that line I look for the number which, in this case, is "114.150.51.250" which represents the unique IP address of the sender's Internet Service Provider. When you know the IP address, you can run a "whois" search for the ISP which provides the sender with Internet access.

There are two websites which I use to identify the ISP:

http://www.geektools.com/whois.php
or
https://ws.arin.net/whois/

Enter that long IP address number at either of these sites. In the info that appears, you will find something like "report abuse to......." etc with the ISP's email address. Copy and Paste that address into the "To" line of the email you are forwarding.

Usually, I send a cc to spam@uce.gov and if Telus had not marked it as spam, then a cc to them at report_spam@telus.net.

If the email was a definite scam, fraud or trick, I'll send it to scamreports@fraudaid.com.

Sometimes you find that a lot of your spam comes via one ISP. For example, I found that the IP address 204.209.205.55 comes up frequently. To simplify matters, I added that to my address book. When I see that number in the header, I simply get the address from my address book rather than identify it again.

Other ideas and help:

Yahoo provides more info at http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/mail/spam/spam-05.html and at http://antispam.yahoo.com/

Spamcop offers resources at http://www.spamcop.net/ but it seems their website is outdated and has bugs.

Mailwasher provides a free spam blocker that is quite nice: http://www.mailwasher.net/

APNIC has good info at http://www.apnic.net/index.html.

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