Fed up with spam? How to report those annoying emails

Everybody gets spam, but what can we do about it?

Well, you can just ignore it and delete it, but that wont stop anymore coming to your inbox.  I report all the spam I get, and if we all do the same, we can help reduce spam for everyone.

I report my spam to a website called spamcop.  The website it www.spamcop.net. This link will open in a new window.

This is what you do, and it is very easy.

1. Goto www.spamcop.net and read the information and register an account.  It is completely free.  The most important thing to remember is only report email you know for sure is spam, i.e. unsolicited email.
2.  Log into your account.
3.  Click on the ‘Report Spam’ tab at the top of the screen.
4.  On the next screen is a blank box.  In the box you have to enter the email header.  After the header leave a blank line, then enter the email body, i.e. the email itself.  To do this, do the following:
      i) To get the email header in Outlook Express, open up the spam email.  From the drop down menu, click on File —->  Properties.  A box will open up with two tabs, General and Details.  Click on the details tab.  The text you now see, is the email header. Copy all of this text, and paste it into the window on spamcop and press enter to leave a blank line.  

To get the email header in hotmail.  Open the spam email and right click in the email body and select ‘view source’.  The header will now be displayed in a separate window.  Copy this text to the window in spamcop and press enter to leave a blank line.

I can’t tell you how to view the header from every email client and webmail service, but you should be able to work it out based on the above.

       ii)  After the blank line copy the email iteself into the window.  If your email is scanned by a virus checker such as AVG, take out this text, as it is not part of the email from the spammer.

      iiii)  Click the process spam button.  On the next screen, scroll down to the bottom and you will see a button ‘send spam reports now’.  Just above this is a box where you can add additional information if you wish.  For example, you might want to say that the spammer has disclosed your email address to everyone else the email was sent to, or that the email was made to look like it came from eBay.  Either enter additional information or leave the box blank and click on the ‘send spam reports now’ button. 

That’s all there is to it.

You can only report spam within 48 hours after it being sent to you.

You should start to notice a reduction in the amount of spam you are receiving.  I have.  Anyway, it helps to stop the spam from the source as explained on the spamcop website.

Lets all work together to help keep the internet a safe and enjoyable place.

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