If you are here because you received Spam, we apologize for the inconvenience.

It really annoys us as much as it annoys you. Why?

The email(s) you received has been forged by spammers. It is a form of identity theft called "Joe Job". You can look it up using any search engine. The spammer forges the header of the email so it looks like it's coming from this web site, but the SPAM IS NOT coming from this web site.

Again, the emails you received are forgery, send by spammers, not from us.

Please read on to see how you can report the real spammer.




Screenshot of fake email:



Note that the address listed in the "From:" field appears to be from here.

While it is possible to forge the sender's email address in a spam, it is NOT possible to forge the source IP of the server that sent the email. This means that the Web server that's being exploited to send the email can be found and shut down.




Find the REAL spammer:

1. In your email program, enable viewing of Headers. Example of a full email header:


Received: from sort01.mycom.com ([63.210.234.166]) by xxxx.edu with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.211); Sat, 7 May 2005 13:44:56 -0400 Received: (qmail 4061 invoked from network); 7 May 2005 13:44:50 -0400
Received: from unknown (HELO phmpntc.com) (57.68.12.164)
by sort01.mycom.com with SMTP; 7 May 2005 13:44:50 -0400
From: xxxxxx@daylightpix.com
To: Recipient@xxxx.edu


The only part of these headers that you CANNOT forge is the Received: lines.

Notice that this message was from 57.68.12.164, which is a EQUANT.COM IP address. (All IP addresses are assigned to companies/countries.)

I again emphasize: the sender's EMAIL ADDRESS is SPOOFED. This is where the attacker wants you to believe the mail is coming from -- but it is NOT. The sender's email address is worthless.


2. Go to SpamCop (www.spamcop.com), paste the header into their Website, and hit Interrogate. SpamCop will look up who owns the IP, and tell you who to send Abuse Reports to. With the information, you will be able to send the correct party an Abuse Report. In your message, include the entire email you received including headers, as well as a message, such as:

"I am receiving spoofed messages from the server addressed in the headers of this email. Please shut down this server immediately, or close the relays on the box. You are hosting a machine that is spamming and may be held liable if you refuse to correct this issue."





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