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  1. Asking for changes to the reporting web site here is futile. The people who have the ability to make such changes do not participate in these forums. Personally, if I want to create a PDF from a web page, I "print" the page, and then select the option to sent the output to a .pdf file instead of a physical printer. That's using Firefox on Ubuntu (GNU/Linux). I don't know if that choice is available for your browser and operating system.
  2. Dave_L

    Understanding SpamCop Trace

    14:13:01 -0700 (PDT): The "-0700" means seven hours earlier than GMT. To convert to GMT, add seven hours. 23:12:57 +0200: The "+0200" means two hours later than GMT. To convert to GMT, subtract two hours.
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    Understanding SpamCop Trace

    The date/time stamps generally help here, although they're not always 100% reliable. For example: The timestamp in "0" is Thu, 04 May 2017 14:13:01 -0700 (PDT), which is four seconds later than the timestamp in "3", Thu, 04 May 2017 23:12:57 +0200 (21:13:01 GMT - 21:12:57 GMT = 4 seconds).
  4. Some newer web sites that require login have put the username and password entry on separate pages. I.e., you enter the username on one page and then are redirected to a second page for password entry. Is this considered to be more secure than the traditional method of entering the username and password on the same page?
  5. The Spamcop FAQ section has a page that's supposed to explain "confirmed opt-in", but it's useless, since it refers to two non-existent pages: https://www.spamcop.net/fom-serve/cache/406.html I found a decent explanation of "confirmed opt-in" here: https://www.spamhaus.org/faq/section/Marketing FAQs#15 Maybe the broken links could be replaced with that one. Or maybe the text itself could be added to the Spamcop FAQ page. That's probably ok, as long as the source is cited.
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    False reports, what to do?

    Does the subscription process use CONFIRMED OPT-IN? If you don't know what that means, here's an explanation: https://www.spamhaus.org/faq/section/Marketing FAQs#15 If the email addresses in your list were not obtained using confirmed opt-in, then you should: 1. Delete the list. 2. Start building a new mailing list, using a confirmed opt-in process. Also: At the location where users subscribe to your mailing list, ensure that there is a clear explanation of what kind of information will be included in the mailings. If the mailings will include advertisements, that should be stated.
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    This email contains no date

    I suppose a legitimate action in a case like this would be to use the Spamcop parser to identify the apppropriate reporting authority(ies), and then compose and send your own report(s), written so as to make it clear that you, and not Spamcop, are the report submitter. (Personally I wouldn't bother for an isolated case.)
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    This email contains no date

    My guess is that since the next to last "Received" header ("Received: from 41....") contains no date, the Spamcop parser doesn't trust the headers.
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    SpamCop Contact Form is broken

    The SpamCop Email System no longer exists. That's probably an old page that was never removed.
  10. Domain name registrars don't seem to care how their customers use the domains, as long as they pay the registration fees. Have you reported the spam to the email source provider(s) and the web host provider(s)?
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    Massive spam increase

    I think that the mail would simply be discarded, and not bounced.
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    Massive spam increase

    I use sneakemail DOT com to create unique, disposable email forwarding addresses. The received email messages are tagged so you easily tell which email address was used. If you have a Linux server, you could accomplish the same thing. I've been intending to do that myself.
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    Yahoo Mail View Raw Message

    I wonder if it's related to the recent Verizon acquisition of Yahoo.
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    PayPal settlement - scam?

    I just got an email, purportedly from PayPal concerning a class action settlement. The link included in the message is on the domain "epl DOT paypal-communication DOT com". Is this a scam, or is it legit? I could post a Tracking URL for the Spamcop parse, but it may have personal info, so I'd prefer not to do that.
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    PayPal settlement - scam?

    Once again, you have made a mistake. I mentioned a link in my initial post. We normal users cannot accept these imperfections from administrators. (I edited my most recent post, to add some info.)
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    PayPal settlement - scam?

    I've previously parsed the email using Spamcop (see my initial post), but I couldn't determine conclusively from that whether it was from PayPal. I just forwarded the email to spoof AT paypal DOT com, to ask about it. I'll see what they say. A web search revealed that there was another class action settlement against PayPal in 2004. PayPal seemed to be deliberately trying to confuse people, e.g. by using a separate domain, to discourage people from participating in the settlement.
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    PayPal settlement - scam?

    I have an existing relationship with PayPal (I have a PayPal account). If the email I received is a legitimate notice from PayPal, and I report it using Spamcop, wouldn't that be a violation of Spamcop's Terms of Service? That's why I'm hesitant to report it. I may settle for simply contacting PayPal through their "spoof" or other customer service address.
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    PayPal settlement - scam?

    Not yet. I wanted to research it first.
  19. Dave_L

    PayPal settlement - scam?

    Thanks. It was sent to one of my actual PayPal email addresses, but that's not helpful, since anyone whom I've made payments to using that address would have that info, and they could have been careless about safeguarding it. The whois info for the domain I posted above is the same as for paypal DOT com, but that's not necessarily reliable either.
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    Mail to old

    I'm fairly certain that Spamcop ignores the send-date, since it's easily faked, and instead uses the timestamps in the headers provided by the servers through which the email message is routed. It's possible that your spam was "stuck" in the system for a few days before you received it, which could account for it being too old to report. The next time you get one of these spams, post the Tracking URL here. That may help us see what's going on.
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    Since you received the spam, you are already on a spam list. Clicking the link might add you to another list, or it may attempt to obtain more information from you. It could run a malicious scri_pt embedded in a web page. Even viewing the spam message could be dangerous, depending on what your email client is, and how it is configured.
  22. Thunderbird tip: CTRL+U, CTRL+A, CTRL+C is a quick way of copying the message source to the clipboard.
  23. kolor: Did you manually copy the From, Reply-To, Message-ID, Subject, etc., fields into the body? If so, that is not the correct method. If the body is empty, just add a blank line and then a brief line of text such as "spam has no body".
  24. Is there any point in posting suggestions regarding changes to the reporting system here? I haven't seen any indication in years that anyone who can implement them pays attention to them.