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  1. Thanks, petzl... good info. We'll all bumble through the spam nightmare, thanks to services like Spamcop and Spamhaus. The fun never ends. [insert ironic emoji here]

    Totally off-topic (but maybe not)... good song by a longtime client/friend. Potential inspiration to maybe help brighten our days...

    http://www.fromthemoontotheearth.com/songpages/harvest-moon/ (website design by yours truly). Scroll down to the Soundcloud player thingamabob...

    In our sukkot of bone
    through this wondrous land we roam,
    ever lost — always home.

  2. I know this thread is a year old, but perhaps the following is still useful. I recently received and reported spam that resolves to ovh.net. I looked them up at The Spamhaus Project. Their SBL Advisory found 74 listings listings for IPs under the responsibility of ovh.net — starting from today and going back to October 2018.

    See: https://www.spamhaus.org/sbl/listings/ovh.net

    My mail host has a section where users can build and edit a personal blacklist. I added @ovh.net (the @ symbol tells the server to block everything associated with them, not just specific email addresses). Works great. 

  3. 2 hours ago, lisati said:

    My ISP/primary email provider has a similar option available, which can be useful. One thing to watch, however, is that sometimes there are limits to how many domains that are blocked.

    Thanks, lisati. Good info. FYI: My primary email provider (Hostbaby) places no limit on how many domains I can block. Is this a great world, or what? 

    Happy new year to all SpamCop members and users... a new year full of hope and promise (and free from spam).


  4. Thanks petzl, but that didn't work on my end. No joy. After removing the line you suggested, I still see the "nothing to do" message when trying to report Gmail spam.

    Good news today: The mail host for my "real" address lets me block entire domains. Google does not. I blocked all incoming mail with anything that includes @hetzner.co.za ... clearly an evil or compromised rogue domain. That won't completely stop the Gmail garbage, but it's a start. 

    The Internet is easily the most important advance in human communication since the invention of the printing press (around the year 1440 CE). Unfortunately, the 'net is now highjacked by the worst aspect of human nature: Unbridled greed.

    Thanks for your tip; I'll keep an eye on this thread for more news and possible solutions. 

  5. I'm one of the forum members posting this problem as referenced in Albert2's Dec. 2 post above. See:


    Like albert2, the workaround was fine until a few weeks ago (removing the "Received: by..." line(s) from the original full header and spam body, then pasting it into the comments section before hitting the "Process spam" button). 

    I used to do this by simply copying the full header and spam body into Apple's TextEdit program as a plain text file, making the edit, then pasting into SC's report spam form. Hope I'm describing this clearly. Again, it worked fine for several months. But now I see what I was seeing before when SC parses the header. Screen shot attached. 


    My mailhost configuration appears to be correct. It probably doesn't matter, but the only other change I made on my end was upgrading from macOS 10.13.4 to macOS Mojave 10.14.2 (latest build). 

    I'm following this thread in hopes to find a workaround that works again. Thanks in advance for any tips that help me report spam forwarded from my Gmail account. Google seems unwilling or unable to make things simple and clean. Sigh. 

    If it's helpful, here's the tracking URL generated by SC when I attempted to report the latest Gmail spam.


    Thanks again and happy 2019: A new year full of hope and promise — and free from spam. 


  6. 25 minutes ago, halberstadt said:

    So glad it worked for you. I am quick to disclaim the procedure as "my hack". It is really a rewording of prior suggestions in this (and at least one other) thread in SpamCop forums. I just avoided all technical details and concentrated on specific simple steps.


    Thanks again, Bill. I get it... you focussed on exactly what I needed to know, how to do it, and it works for now. All the best to you and yours. 

  7. Thanks Bill (and all). Sorry for the reply delay. I'm still in overload mode on a major project. 

    Here's the good news. Your workaround worked perfectly. Yay! Today is a good day in the fight against spam.

    In the SpamCop reporting page, I pasted the full message (with all headers) from a recent Gmail message forwarded to my Mac via Apple Mail, then copied/deleted the 2nd line and pasted that line into the Comments field at the bottom of the report form. The spam was reported successfully. Possible related link: https://www.spamcop.net/mcgi?action=gettrack&reportid=6826058267

    Let's hope SpamCop will render your (brilliant) hack unnecessary very soon. If SpamCop's interface is seamless and easy to use, more people will use it. And pay for the service, too.

    OK... back to work I go. Thanks again. Cheers. 

  8. Hi all. Thanks for your replies. I'm sad to say that they don't really help. I'm still sad and confused today. Frankly, I'm just about ready to bail on the whole SpamCop thing after a decade of love. It shouldn't be this difficult, especially if SpamCop wants to reach the billions of people who are sick to death of the assault and want to help stop it with a simple, bulletproof interface. Sigh.

    OK, no more venting. Sorry. Please forgive me.

    I'm attaching three files:

    1: A screen shot of the parsing info from the latest spam I tried to report (which arrived on my Mac via my Gmail account).

    2: A screen shot from my current SpamCop mail host configuration.

    3. A text file containing the full headers and body text I was trying to report. Please note: I understand that I may open myself up to a hacker's dream here, but I don't care anymore. I just want it to stop. I used to love the internet. It's the most important advance in human communication since the invention of the printing press a few hundred years ago. It's been highjacked by nasty, evil, money-grubbing jerks.

    OK. I'm done for the day. Thanks again for any help and tips.



    latest spamcop madness.txt

  9. Sorry for the long post; I'm trying to be crystal clear. I sent this to the "service[at]admin.spamcop.net" address on June 5, 2018 but never heard back from anyone. If this is covered elsewhere, please point me to an appropriate thread. I've searched the forums and can't find a clear answer.

    Quick backstory: I've been using SpamCop since the early days. In fact, I swapped email and design ideas for the SpamCop logo with founder Julian Haight around 1998. The logo I designed and donated is still in use by SpamCop.


    I'm running the latest versions of MacOS (10.13.4) and Apple Mail. In addition to one "real" email address for my design studio's domain, I have one Gmail address. The Gmail account is set up to forward incoming mail to my Mac (with IMAP)... which means Gmail also forwards spam sent to the Gmail account. Grrrr.

    It used to be simple to report that spam... I revealed the raw source (full headers and body), copied, and pasted into the SpamCop reporting form. Worked like a charm for years until the new Mail-host system went in to effect.

    When attempting to report spam from my Gmail account the system now says:


    Possible forgery. Supposed receiving system not associated with any of your mailhosts
    Will not trust this Received line.
    Mailhost configuration problem, identified internal IP as source
    Please correct this situation - register every email address where you receive spam
    No source IP address found, cannot proceed. Nothing to do.

    I've tried unsuccessfully to correct this. I even deleted the old Gmail host configuration and followed the instructions to make a new one. I received 5 test messages from the SpamCop bot and successfully submitted them via the online form at https://www.spamcop.net/mcgi?action=mhreturn

    A new Gmail host was created in the Mailhosts section of my SpamCop account. But it doesn't work. I'm getting the same "nothing to do" result when attempting to report spam.

    Can someone walk me through this? Please be kind: I'm not a programmer—just a designer. It's probably something simple, but the instructions are not clear to me.

    BTW, spam that slips through Mail filters to my "real" address inbox is easy to report and works fine on the SpamCop report page. I haven't tried forwarding spam directly to SpamCop in years. That never worked (it bounces). Sigh.

    Thanks in advance for any tips and help. I love reporting spam via SpamCop. Even if it's only symbolic and doesn't truly help stop the onslaught, it makes me feel a bit better.