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Block Spam - How to Report Spam

By reporting a spammer, the spammer lose their accounts and even get charged  by their internet providers. In addition, reported spam senders are blocked by  a blocking list. Unfortunately, this

is an ongoing battle. Spammers adapt quickly and persistently. By reporting spam, you can help to turn the tide.

Report Spam with Spamcop

You can report your spam to Spamcop.  Spamcop is one of the worldwide leader for reporting spam and blacklists. When you report your spam to Spamcop you have to give them the email header of your spam email.

An email header contains the routing information, or in other words, the history of that particular email: where it was from, where it was addressed to and how it got to it's destination. Here is a sample section of an email header:

Return-path: <>
Received: from ( [])
by SHRSYS.HSLC.ORG (PMDF V5.2-32 #39799)
with ESMTP id <01K3UFKP244S928GQP@SHRSYS.HSLC.ORG> for
tyburski@SHRSYS.HSLC.ORG (ORCPT rfc822;; Tue,
22 May 2001 00:27:12 EDT
Received: from psu0497 ( [])
by (8.10.1/8.10.1) with SMTP id f4M42kb02182; Tue,

Read here "how to get an email header" from your email-client.

Report Spam by yourself

You can report spam directly to the source where its originated from. This doesn't mean that you simply can reply to the email. It's not that easy. You have to find out from which server the mail came from. This information is written inside the email-header of each email.

Following steps are involved until you are ready to send polite complaint-email:

  1. Get the email-header of your spam email
  2. Find out the origin IP or DNS Name
    This task is rather complex. You can find here detailed instructions  about this task.
  3. Find out the email address of the underlying IP/DNS (detailed instructions)

Reporting spam directly to the source and is not a 1 minute task. If you do not have enough knowledge use Spamcop free service instead.

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Other resources:

Finding Hidden Senders by PETER WAYNER  - New York Times
Tracking Spam by Bill Mattocks
Tracking the Elusive Spammer by Gary Shuster
Stop Spam FAQ by
Reading Email Headers by


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