[SpamCop-List] Re: Vampires etc
nobody at spamcop.net
Mon Sep 13 19:29:27 EDT 2004
"Lars Poulsen" <l at rs.nomail.dk> wrote in message
news:ci5882$h79$1 at news.spamcop.net...
> These discussions don't belong here - you are quite right....
> ... BUT these FOLKS seems to be very frustrated - like myself.
> I am reporting more than 200 spamitems daily. Most of the reports are
> going to the same well known addresses like:
> anti-spam at chinanet.cn.net, ct-abuse at sprint.net, abuse at hanaro.com,
> mail-abuse at nic.br, spamcenter at hanafos.com, postmaster at hananet.net,
> .......,.. you know the rest.
> I am beginning to wonder - is it really worth the trouble - reporting
> doesn't seem to affect these spammers at all. There must be other
> - in my frustration I am now finding myself ready to use methods that
> are less fine. I am sick and tired of having my mailbox flooded with
> Spam and mail bounces and I want to do what I can to stop these
> criminals that are destroying our email system.
> Please convince me that the tiresome reporting job is worth while.
No one could tell that English is not your first language!
It depends on what you hope to accomplish by using spamcop. In the
short term, reporting will not decrease your spam load. Particularly
if most of your spam is coming from China, Korea, and Brazil, there
seems to be nothing done about the reports. However, every report also
puts that IP address on a blocklist. People who use the blocklist no
longer see the spam in their inboxes. People who use the blocklist to
'tag' the email as spam will have it sent to a special folder. The
spamcop email service 'tags' the spam and sends it to a 'held' mail
Blocking spam has worked so well that spammers now use ISPs in
countries where either they don't understand or they are glad to get
spammer money. Spammers also steal the use of other computers (hijack
them) to send their spam (which is not honest, obviously). Eventually,
perhaps China, Korea, and Brazil will realize that their countries are
being exploited by the spammers and that their international reputation
is suffering. Then, they will adopt the practices that US and Denmark
ISPs have so that spammers do not use their networks to spam. Also
more and more ISPs are using blocklists - spamcop is only one blocklist
of many. Therefore, more and more ISPs will be refusing email from
China, etc. There is evidence that some Chinese server admins
understand this and are working to make their IP addresses safe from
If you want to reduce your spam in the short term, change your email
address to one that contains alphanumeric characters in the middle - as
you did in your 'fake address' and be careful where you use it. Use a
throwaway account like hotmail or sneakemail when you want to order
something on the Internet or enter your address for any reason.
If you can't change your email address, then get a good content filter.
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