[lug] SPAM (was: email mystery)

D. Stimits stimits at idcomm.com
Fri Feb 23 09:07:30 MST 2001

Deva Samartha wrote:
> Sign up (free at the moment) for spamcop.com, they email you an URL and
> then you just paste the whole email with full headers into a window and
> they do all the parsing and reporting.
> I am doing it pretty religiously. The pain are the html emails. With that,
> I make a big window, 165 rows x 200+ columns and vi the email, write chunks
> of 165 lines to files, then cut the files from the commandline and paste it
> into the small spamcop report window. It's a pain doing it that way but 5
> pages of  html from Argentina which I get pretty regular from different
> sources make me pretty mad.
> What really concerns me to some degree (I am using only throwaway email
> addresses there) are the naked email addresses in the lug mail archives. If
> an email harvester discovers that - must think, he hit the jackpot!

If those addresses were replaced by a single address that allows a
request to look up the original *real* address, all spam would end up
going to that one address. But a reply could still be automated if the
request were phrased in some defined fashion.

> Samartha
> At 07:33 AM 2/23/01 -0700, you wrote:
> >This site has good information about spam, how to read email headers, how
> >to report, etc., etc.
> >
> >http://www.whew.com/Spammers/reportspam_tutorials.shtml
> >
> >I started doing a bunch of "reporting" a while back, but found it to be a
> >major time sink. :(
> >So...I've since given up on that, too much a pain in the a** for me. ;)
> >
> >-anders.
> >

There is, in addtion to spamcop.com, a spamcop.net as well. FYI, I've
had 3 spam accounts banned in the last 3 days, and am waiting to find
out about a 4th.

More information about the LUG mailing list