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Hi all

Ok so I have signed up and have sent in alot of spam reports.

1. Will I receive an email back to see if something was done about the host the spammer was using? ie was the domain blocked?

2. I guess I need to have a mail server to check with the dns black list server in order to prevent spam emails which have been added to the spamcop database ? I dont suppose there is a program for windows that will check with spam cops block list?

I dont know why the spammers bother, I never read a spam email and think to check out the website etc. Most of it is either porn/stock market or viagra pills. Its just annoying to keep hitting 'delete' all the time.

Thanks

Jon

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Ok so I have signed up and have sent in alot of spam reports.

Thanks for taking the time to join in. You'll want to keep reading the various FAQ items and watching the conversations in these forums to get a good sense of how the various SpamCop 'products' work.

Will I receive an email back to see if something was done about the host the spammer was using? ie was the domain blocked?

Generally you will not receive any form of response from an ISP. A very few do reply but they are are few and far between. If you report contributes to the ip address of the offending Email server becoming listed then that will just happen. Remember, SpamCop's primary purpose is identify sending Email servers rather than identify websites set up by spammers.

I guess I need to have a mail server to check with the dns black list server in order to prevent spam emails which have been added to the spamcop database ? I dont suppose there is a program for windows that will check with spam cops block list?

You are absolutely correct. There are many ways of doing this. Obviously, if you run your own mail server then you can perform look-ups against the SpamCop DNSBL and filter mail based on the results.

If you don't have that then many users here value the facility of a SpamCop flat rate Email account which does all that for you.

There are also some filtering softwares about that do lookups as part of your Email collection process. These are quite adequate but, of course, don't filter prior to collection but only as you download to your PC. I've seen SpamPal mentioned as effective but I've not used it myself. Others may have better information on this or other products.

But thanks for reporting. For those that filter based on the SCBL you are making a valuable contribution.

Andrew

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Thanks Andrew. I have downloaded and installed SpamPal. I have also donated to SpamCop - I just love the feeling of helping out by add spamming email hosts to the spamcop db. I hate spam with a passion!!

I have set SpamPal to tag the spam with a certain subject header which will then move into a folder in Outlook 2003 so I can check it later.

Many thanks for your help.

Jon

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I have set SpamPal to tag the spam with a certain subject header which will then move into a folder in Outlook 2003 so I can check it later.

If you use Outlook then another option for you, if SpamPal doesn't do what you need, could be SpamFighter which is available in a free version. Again, I've not used it myself, but a friend does with some success.

Andrew

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I've had SpamCop for many years and used to post in the newsgroups frequently. I joined the forum just today for the first time (having a specific inquiry to make). I followed the instructions to read the pinned information, including the forums preferences on how to post. I recommend you go back and spend some time looking at pinned information and links, including how SpamCop works. There is a lot in there that will answer many of your questions and bring you up to speed on other discussion topics. I find "Lurking" for a while is usually useful in a forum that is new to me.

This is not to rag on you at all, but the reason I realized you had not looked this information over is the title of your thread is specifically one they ask you not to use. I don't care about that, but it did tell me there is a whole world of information you missed out on that you should find interesting.

Have fun,

Nick

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I've had SpamCop for many years and used to post in the newsgroups frequently. I joined the forum just <snip>today for the first time (having a specific inquiry to make).
Hi, Nick!

...Welcome. And thank you for the excellent reply to the OP. You hit the nail on the head in every respect and did this Moderator's old heart good (that expression itself dates me, I'm sure)! :D <big g>

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Hi, Nick!

...Welcome. And thank you for the excellent reply to the OP. . .

Most welcome. I am a moderator on another forum. It raises ones consciousness. Sort of.

When I joined this forum the other day, my re-read of some pinned information answered the main question I had, but I thought I would set up a sign-in anyway. I'll try to participate a bit, when I'm not too busy chasing cell-phone sales spammers :o off the forum I help moderate.

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