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Everything posted by lisati

  1. Agreed, it's a pain. It's one of those things that seem to be sent to trip us up when using automated tools to assist the reporting process,.
  2. I'm mildly surprised that your email was rejected, but an outright rejection for a "4XX" code has been known to happen. (A "4XX" code, 451 in your example, usually means "Try again later." While waiting for other suggestions, I'd suggest looking into why the list maintainer might have thought that your IP address had a spamtrap hit.
  3. As far as I know, the most important thing is to leave the "Received:" headers intact, as they potentially provide a chain of custody that can be used to determine where to submit reports.
  4. Using confirmed opt-in is a good idea. If you're using a sign-up form on your website which blindly accepts email addresses without doing at least some kind of check on the validity of the information provided, you're setting yourself up for trouble. Anyone can enter any rubbish on the form, and if what is entered happens to match someone's spamtrap address, chances are extremely low that a real person will be clicking on an unsubscribe link.
  5. A popular response I've had from places like Yahoo is "The most effective way of reporting spam is to use the report button" - I do, thanks to the Habul plugin for Thunerbird, and off go the reports to Spamcop, Knujon, and a couple of other places.
  6. You are not alone. I occasionally have this happen with a couple of email accounts I have with Yahoo. Sometimes the reports turn up at SpamCop's end after a delay, sometimes the reports go AWOL. I haven't quite figured it out yet. Even if it's related to Yahoo's anti-spam processing, it's still annoying.
  7. It might be a good idea to change your passwords, a.s.a.p. Yahoo has had some data breaches in the last few months. A couple of the email providers I use have additional options available to help reduce the risk of people snooping. For example, every so often gmail/google sends me a text message before I can login via webmail. Without access to the phone, access to the email account will be more difficult.
  8. I think a year or two back, Yahoo made some changes so that emails didn't always play nice with the parser. I commonly see Received: headers in email that come through Yahoo that begin "Received from" (suggesting internal handling) but continue as if they were received from an external IP adddress. I regularly report to multiple places, including Spamcop, Knujon and spam[at]uce.gov
  9. It often takes reports from more than one person for an IP address to be listed. Even if an IP address is listed, there is no guarantee that an email provider will check the SCBL as part of its spam filtering process.
  10. Gmail probably thinks your legitimate email is spam. At least they linked to a help page - Yahoo tends to send reports of mine it doesn't like to the bit bucket without notice.
  11. When I took a look at the tracking link, it was showing that reports were disabled for the intended recipient. This could be part of the explanation why you're unable to report.
  12. It's entirely up to you. I've been reporting spam via Spamcop for years. Sometimes the spam stops, sometimes it doesn't. The primary purpose for which I use Spamcop is to help it gather data for its blacklist (which not every email provider uses). Any reports sent out are a bonus, and if the provider actually actions the reports, even better!
  13. Using the lookup tool at multirbl.valli.org was, shall we say, interesting...........
  14. I was wondering where the volume of spam I normally get at one or two email addresses went to
  15. Don't give up, an increase in the volume of spam can sometimes mean that you're on the right track. Spamcop itself doesn't stop the spam in its tracks, that task is usually left to the people who receive the reports sent out in response to spam that has been submitted and those who choose to use the SCBL as part of their email filtering process.
  16. Some admins don't seem to care, and in some cases, reports act as a confirmation that the spammers have targeted a real, working email address.
  17. It's probably a bot or some other automated process. Of note:
  18. I've seen it happen from time to time too, when I've had copies of spam reports forwarded to me. When this happens, I usually log into webmail and mark the message as "not spam."
  19. I checked with a page that checks multiple blacklists, and noticed listings on other DNSBLs. I'm inclined to agree that the IP address might have been listed, but has now been removed from Spamcop's list.
  20. Just to clarify: are you reporting spam that HAS attachments, or are you forwarding the spam AS an attachment? (Side note: my username is a bad transliteration of the Samoan version of my real name. I am NOT the same person as lisali.)
  21. It has been a while since I've received one myself, but in the report sent by Spamcop, there should be a link to a page on the spamcop site where you can add your comments.
  22. Sorry, but asking on the SPAMCOP forum won't get you removed from APEWS. Please see http://www.dnsbl.com/2007/08/what-to-do-if-you-are-listed-on-apews.html
  23. There's backscatter and there's backscatter. When I was running my own email server a couple of years ago, I found that it's usually safer (and easier) to reject an unwanted email during the SMTP interaction between servers and before the message is completely handed over to your server. That way, the responsibility for properly disposing of unwanted emails (possibly with forged sender credentials) remains with the server that tried to deliver it to yours, and you don't have to worry about the trustworthiness of any addresses you might consider as an appropriate recipient of bounce messages.
  24. ISPs have been known to incorrectly issue an error message which suggests that an IP address is listed at SpamCop when it is actually listed elsewhere. There is not a lot the volunteers at this particular forum can do if this is the case with your father's ISP. You might want to avail yourself of online lookup tools such as http://multirbl.valli.org and http://whatismyipaddress.com/blacklist-check to assist in your research.
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