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  1. Spamcop will accept mail to my Spamcop account from some addresses, but not others. I can't work out the logic of it. I just deleted from the mailhost config one account that it wouldn't accept. and it deleted two others and changed the server name of a third to CESmail.net (which I thought had ceased to exist.) Someone's in there changing stuff, but my mail and held mail are disappearing without trace, which is not good.
  2. Mine isn't forwarding - I sent it a couple of tests earllier - they seem to have disappeared into the ether. I've had nothing through from the Spamcop account for about a week. Nor can I check the "Held Mail" because that bit's disappeared from the screen. Unacceptable! To think I paid them $30 a few weeks ago! I've been with Spamcop for more years than I can remember. What a sad indictment of Cisco that they can't even run a show like Spamcop these days. I remember when they were the top brand of kit that serious users aspired to. Sigh.
  3. I'm a simple soul. I use (used?) Spamcop as a regular e-mail address, and logged in daily to check "Held Mail" of which there was usually a lot. Most was spam, and reported and dumped with no further ado. Some was "false positive" and needed to be released. I can no longer connect to "Held Mail". What do I do about stuff in there, good or bad? Is there any way to tell Spamcop 2014 NOT to screen mail? I don't relish the idea of trying to e-mail all my contacts to say "Don't use my Spamcop address". I did try a message to Spamcop a couple of weeks ago, but got no reply.
  4. I get far less spam now than I did a year ago, but just about every spam that Spamcop fails to trap then turns out to be one that Spamcop cannot process - I get the famous "No source IP address found, cannot proceed." Yet it went through Spamcop and was "passed" as OK - so the spam checking routine doesn't look to see if the message has a source IP address? Am I doing something wrong in the way I report spam? Here's this morning's latest one. I'm sure it didn't come from - but why did the spam filter accept it and forward it to me? From - Tue May 01 09:18:57 2012 X-Account-Key: account16 X-UIDL: UID91-1332369975 X-Mozilla-Status: 0001 X-Mozilla-Status2: 10000000 X-Mozilla-Keys: Return-Path: <apache[at]server88-208-192-91.live-servers.net> Delivered-To: spamcop-net-keithj[at]spamcop.net Received: (qmail 18590 invoked from network); 1 May 2012 08:19:45 -0000 X-spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.2.4 (2008-01-01) on filter7 X-spam-Level: ** X-spam-Status: hits=2.2 tests=FH_HELO_EQ_D_D_D_D,HTML_MESSAGE, MIME_BASE64_BLANKS,MIME_HTML_ONLY version=3.2.4 Received: from unknown ( by filter7.cesmail.net with QMQP; 1 May 2012 08:19:45 -0000 Received: from dynamic-esports.org (HELO server88-208-192-91.live-servers.net) ( by mxin2.cesmail.net with SMTP; 1 May 2012 08:20:37 -0000 Received: from server88-208-192-91.live-servers.net (unknown []) by server88-208-192-91.live-servers.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id 11983B7CAF for <keithj[at]spamcop.net>; Tue, 1 May 2012 07:31:44 +0000 (UTC) Received: by server88-208-192-91.live-servers.net (Postfix, from userid 48) id 0F42AB6BAE; Tue, 1 May 2012 07:28:45 +0000 (UTC) To: keithj[at]spamcop.net Subject: EFT Payment Recieved From: ABSA <Ibsupport[at]absa.co.za>
  5. Well, the blanks have stopped. But so has everything else. Spamcop is dead: I can't get into webmail to read my mail and it's not forwarding it to me either. I prefer the blanks. At least I was getting the important mail.
  6. It's unacceptable. Spamcop has "collected" all my mail last night and today (it's now 8:45pm here) but is unable to let me read it. If the DNS has gone wrong, why am I seeing an SQL error? That doesn't make sense. I can see the "spam" it's hived off today (which I don't want to see) but not the day's e-mails (which I do).
  7. Well, clearing out the Folders didn't do it. A few hours later, this is what appears in the "Held" mail folder: http://jillings.org/spamcopb2.jpg I can delete them quite happily, but I'm curious about what they are - there's no body, no subject, no headers, no nothing.
  8. Thanks, Don. There was some odd stuff in the "Trash" folder, which I've now deleted. I'll see what happens next. Keith
  9. In the past, I've had the odd blank item in the long daily list of spam held by Spamcop. Abruptly, on 27th February 2012, I started getting large numbers of "blanks". These are cases where there is a reference number, but absolutely nothing in the body. Clicking on one brings up the message "error:Cannot find 173112" (or whatever the number may be). Google tells me that's because a spammer is probing to see if my address is live - but in that case he's doing a lot of probing because I'm getting 50 to 100 a day of these. This is a fairly typical evening's crop of spam: http://jillings.org/spamcopblanks.jpg What exactly is happening? Where are these items coming from? Should I do anything? [edit] - image converted to URL, it's done its job - and we don't do external images on the forum.
  10. Thanks, folks. This thread gave me some ideas to "tune" my Spamcop filters, and I think it's solved several of my "spam not caught" problems. I'm fortunate that I have no desire to receive mail about or from (for example) Viagra, Pfizer, or casinos, even if it is from people I know. Next step is filters that look for \ / instead of V, and other such deliberate misspellings.
  11. Sorry for a very tardy response to the information above. It's two identical mail filtering and reporting accounts - one is name[at]spamcop.net, the other name[at]cqmail.net. They both do exactly the same thing, one for personal stuff, the other for "work" stuff. The two are not allowed to meet, for reasons you can guess. Dangerman sent me a PM, and his fix works perfectly. I can toggle between the two, or have both open at once in different Firefox tabs if I choose. It works, still, with Firefox 3.0 Beta 2 Thanks, Dangerman, and sorry not to have said so sooner.
  12. Do I have this problem? I'm not sure if it's the same problem, or if I'm doing something wrong, but... Among the hundreds of spams a day in my Heldbox, there is the very occasional genuine mail item. I've always ticked the item, ticked "forward and whitelist sender", then "Release/Delete selected messages". That's worked fine until recently. Twice that I know of in the last two weeks, I've done that and the mail item has never appeared in my "filtered Spamcop mail" inbox, and the e-mail address isn't added to my whitelist. First time, it was the new e-mail address of an old friend and I could easily sort it. This evening, it was a new customer. I read the first line, and did the "forward and whitelist" thing. I didn't connect with the problem with the first one - and now the message has gone, and with it the e-mail address. I've been right through my whitelist, and there are no addresses there that I don't recognise. Now I'm concerned! How many others have I cleared, and forgotten, and lost? Is this a Spamcop problem, or am I doing something wrong? All "filtered" mail from established whitelisted addresses, or from "clean" addresses is arriving OK. It's only new ones. Is there a limit on the size of the whitelist? Would Spamcop tell me if I reached it? What might I be doing wrong?
  13. Yes, it seems to be OK. Reporting is working fine. Case closed, I think. I do have a new, different problem which I'm sure is unrelated so I'll post that separately.
  14. I'm on several mailing lists, which receive the occasional spam. I don't want to "Spamcop" the lists themselves, so I've tried to register them - but without success. I've read the "pinned instruction" but couldn't see it in there. Should I just not report spam that comes through the mailing lists?
  15. I can't find this in the "pinned" stuff, so please bear with me. I've just gone through and "configured" each of my accounts. For every "account configuration e-mail" that I've returned, I seem to have received one message to my "spamcop" address telling me Those messages didn't give any detail of which account it was, but by leaving a pause between registrations, it seems to be every one. And then, almost immediately, another message arrives to the specific address telling me It seems that the error messages were a bit premature, and all is actually well. The accounts appear in my Spamcop "Mailhosts" list. Have I been doing something wrong, or is this a "feature", and should I worry about it?
  16. I had the same difficulty! I don't understand the technical stuff above, but I think I got the answer that I only have to register one address for each domain I use, not every address. I have several domains hosted by the same ISP - it appears, from how Spamcop is reacting to my registrations, that I only need to register one of those domains. It's dumped successful registrations (I got the confirmation back for them) and left only one at each ISP. I'm going to assume that's OK, and see what happens.
  17. My work Spamcop account has just decided not to work properly - I keep getting the message "Cannot log into IMAP mailserver as [my name][at]cqmail.net". The home Spamcop account is fine. I've tried restarting the machine, but get the same result. Is this a glitch at the Spamcop end, or something wrong at mine?
  18. I moderate a Forum that uses phpBB, and we have a very long list of IP addresses (and a shorter list of ISPs) that we block. It's a never-ending task, because although the problems come from a very few countries/ISPs, they seem able to "acquire" another block of IP addresses every so often. I probably block three or four IP ranges (not individual addresses) a day. And still we get the marital aids postings, cheap watches, and all the rest.
  19. I submitted to the inevitable, and I now have two Spamcop accounts. One is for those e-mail addresses that are flooded with spam. I don't even look at the held mail - just delete the lot. Like, hundreds a day. The other is for "personal" stuff where I do check the heldmail. So far, so good. That works well, on the whole, for someone who deals with mail to a long list of addresses. However, more and more spam is getting through. Every one of those gets reported, of course. I notice that it's the same half dozen or so ISPs that are the source of the majority of this "untrapped" spam. Here's an example: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z1192626936zd...2a73fd69a0f3d7z Is there a reason why some ISPs don't get Spamcop-blacklisted? Particularly, for example: t-ipnet.de comcast.net ttnet.net.tr kornet.net Those must send me 100 spams each, most days, and yet they often "leak" through. There, I feel better already.
  20. Thanks! That's a good work-around, and it works fine. I normally use Firefox, for all the usual reasons. IE is on the machine but not used, so it's been pressed into service for the "other" Spamcop account. I suspect there is a "suffix" that would do the job, but I can live with this!
  21. For a bunch of reasons, I "administer" two separate Spamcop accounts on the one PC - one's my "personal" one, and the other is a "business" one. Never the twain shall meet. They work fine, and do their separate things without overlap - except that once I log into one, I have to shut down the browser and restart before I can log into the other one. Is there a way to add something to the end of the bookmarks (eg "http://mailsc.spamcop.net/reportheld") to tell it the account I want it to go to? Something like the "?action=..." that other links use, maybe? I tried "http://mailsc.spamcop.net/reportheld?user=newname" and a variety of combinations round that, but to no avail. Or any other way to do it?
  22. I administer a Mailman discussion list for a small group of friends. Needless to say, the spammers have got hold of the list address and give us the full benefit of their wares. Since it's a "members only" list, the spam doesn't get out to the list members, but I have to clear out anything up to 100 spams a day from the "filters", which is a pain. The dumb thing is that the spams are the same dozen or so items, repeated ad nauseam several times a day each. Viagra, willy pullers, "validate your account at XXX bank", Nigerian bankers with spare millions... I spamcop them when I have time. What I notice is that a high percentage come from what I think are two US sources: verizon.net and rr.com. That surprises me - I'd have thought US ISPs would quickly close the accounts of spammers, but it seems Verizon and RR don't do that. Do we know why? Yes, the rest are from China, Korea, or Brazil with an occasional other source.
  23. This morning I was treated to a load of Russian-language spam. When I went to report them, each one was shown as originating from my own ISP (houxou.com) even though the headers seemed to show a different origin. I've put the header below (with my address removed) - why does Spamcop think it came from houxou rather than uni2.es? Am I misreading the header?
  24. I'm having the same problem. I have no idea what Akamai is - but it appears in a traceroute to mailsc.spamcop.net with the message (lonap.netarch.akamai.com probable bogus rDNS: No DNS) and the trace stops there. I'm trying to connect to http://mailsc.spamcop.net/reportheld?action=heldlog and keep getting
  25. I'm getting regular "leaks" through Spamcop of the usual stock hints and the like, most of them via what I think is the Polish National Telecommunications outfit. Here's a tracking URL for one: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z864324478z61...2cd065f8971d89z Spamcop catches 200-300 a day, but these little dears are passed to me as if they weren't spam. Given that I report every one (and I'm sure everyone else does), what clever trick are they using to prevent being blacklisted?
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