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I have been using spamcop for ages, but recently (last few months) I regularly get new spam mails with a faked send-date. Although I report them at once the answer comes back as 'This spam is over two days old'. Which it certainly isn't. Any hints or tips welcome.

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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.

Edited by Dave_L

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OK, here's one of those -- just showed up in my email, but "too old"

https://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z6261019840z18172c7deecece4be8b02b234efd92c8z

 

The "received" dates are Sunday 25th and Monday 26th -- so maybe the delay is that it came through Gmail and was forwarded to my regular ISP, which caught it in graymail today.

Received: ... for <[abc]@lds.sonic.net>; Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:38:35 -0700
Received: ... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:38:32 -0700
Received: from User (8ta-146-248-210.telkomadsl.co.za [41.146.248.210])
   Mon, 25 Jul 2016 04:07:12 +0530 (IST)
 

Edited by hank

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When looking at the dates in the email header, be sure to adjust the host local time/date to UTC to correctly see relative times between servers in different time zones.

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