adelino Posted August 13, 2008 Share Posted August 13, 2008 I've been reporting spam to SpamCop for a couple of weeks now. The concept is attractive: a centralized location and process for reporting spam to ISPs and other interested parties. The downside is it does take some effort to forward offending messages and to respond to the AutoResponder e-mails. Normally, I just click on the Send spam Report(s) Now button without making further annotations. Here's my issue: prior to signing up with SpamCop I was receiving 10 - 15 spam e-mails a day of which approximately 60% were rejected by my mail server. Since signing up with SpamCop and reporting all delivered and rejected spam, I'm now receiving 40 - 50 spam e-mails a day of which approximately 50% are rejected. Looking at the spam reveals two interesting facts. First, there's a statistical correlation between when spam is reported and new spam is received. In other words, there's a surge in spam just after a reports are sent. I can only conclude that some of the recipients of SpamCop reports are using the information to target SpamCop members. Second, since signing up with SpamCop, the amount of spam I receive from the Russian Federation iand former members of the Soviet Union has increased 500%. I've no explanation for this. Is my experience representative? If so, my impression is that SpamCop has only increased the amount of spam that I receive and the amount of time on my part to deal with it. Is SpamCop worth it? In the larger picture, does SpamCop make a difference? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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