Spam Fighting Tools

SpamCop

SpamCop determines the origin of unwanted email and reports it to the relevant ISP’s (Internet Service Providers). It shows the e-mail addresses so you can forward the spam yourself to the appropriate parties by copy & pasting the addresses in the “TO” window of your e-mail program.

Use Spamcop to report any SPAM you receive.

SpamCop.net – http://www.spamcop.net

If you decided to send complaints by email using the email addresses from spamcop, you can use the text from here for your complaint – http://suespammers.net/complaint-text/

View this video for instructions – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlUx19Ppz6A

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The Email Which Stops 95% of All Spam

I have developed a email which I have been sending to Spammers which makes them remove my email address from their lists and makes them stop sending their SPAM. Click here to view the email

To make this work, you must send this email directly to the Spammer. If you received a 419 SCAM letter, you can easily find their return email addresses in the message. Click here and you will see that the Spammer used 2 email addresses; barrjohnwillr15@earthlink.net and barr_johwilliams3@yahoo.com.hk .

I usually use http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html  to send my Stop Spam message. This free  anonymous email service hides your IP address. If you do no hide your IP and you send them a message, they will have your IP address and they may use it to send Spam, and if they do, you may get blamed for it.

!st, do a “whois lookup” to get the spammers contact info at http://www.dnsgoodies.com/  .  Put the domain of the produce advertised in the top box which says “Enter Domain name or IP”, then click “Whois”.

This will get the spammers contact info and show his/her email address

Then, send the spammer my stop sending spam email using http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html

What are the penalties for violating the CAN-SPAM Act?

Each separate email in violation of the law is subject to penalties of up to $16,000, and more than one person may be held responsible for violations. For example, both the company whose product is promoted in the message and the company that originated the message may be legally responsible. Email that makes misleading claims about products or services also may be subject to laws outlawing deceptive advertising, like Section 5 of the FTC Act.  Details at https://ftc.gov/tips-advice/business-center/guidance/can-spam-act-compliance-guide-business

Spam Text Messages and Spam Email

It is illegal for anyone to send you SPAM emails and Text Messages advertising products and services without your prior consent.   Here’s the details directly from the Federal Trade Commission

http://www.fcc.gov/guides/spam-unwanted-text-messages-and-email

Legal Arguments and cases:  http://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5058&context=journal_articles

Text Message Complaints and Email Spam Complaints

You can file your complaint to the FTC using an online complaint form. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554.

You can also file complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by forwarding the Spam you received to uce@ftc.gov and spam@uce.gov

Attorney General’s Office

File complaints to your State Attorney General’s Office if they have anti spam laws and fines for spamming. To find out, visit your state’s Attorney General’s web site or call your state’s Attorney General’s office and ask. In Florida, you can file your complaint online here http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Attorney_General

You CAN Sue Spammers

Despite what you may have heard regarding the new CAN-SPAM law which only allows ISP’s to Sue Spammers, there is a loop hole which allows anyone to file suite. Here’s the law chapter & verse;

United States Code Title 47, Section 227(a)(2)(B) states that a computer, modem, and/or printer meets the definition of a telephone fax machine. Section 227(b)(1)(C) states that it is unlawful to send any unsolicited advertisement to such equipment. Section 227(b)(3)(C) states that a violation of the aforementioned Section is punishable by action to recover actual monetary loss, or $500, whichever is greater, for each violation.

Click here to view the entire United States Code Title 47, Section 227(a)(2)(B)

Legal Action Against Spammers

Lookup your state’s anti-spam laws by typing “your state” anti-spam law in google to find out your rights.

Here’s a link to Florida’s anti spm laws;  http://www.spamlaws.com/state/fl.shtml

Domain Name Whois lookup

Spammers almost always uses false contact info when registering their domains names. To find out if their registration info is false, use these websites to the find name, address and phone number of owner of websites, ISP’s, & Hosting company responsible for hosting the Web Site of the Spammer or Browser Hijacker. Then forward a copy of the SPAM you received to the listed Registrar, ISP, Hosting Company and FTC.

http://www.dnsgoodies.com/

http://www.geektools.com/qwhois.php

http://www.netdemon.net/tools.html

http://www.fr1.cyberabuse.org/whois/?page=whois_server

Report False or Missing Whois Data

If the contact info is missing or looks obviously false, report it here: http://wdprs.internic.net/

It’s always a good idea to send an e-mail directly to the registrar and complain about the false contact info and internet abuse you encountered from their customer. When you fill out the problem report, the name of the registrar will be listed. You can go to their web site and find their contact info. If it’s not listed on their web site, do a “whois lookup” at http://www.dnsgoodies.com/ and send your complaint to the e-mail address listed in the contact info.

Responsible registrars should take immediate action, including TERMINATING or freezing the domain name if the domain name owner fails to correctly update his contact info. Remember, you SHOULD be able to contact the owner of a domain name. If the info is false / bogus, it’s a ICANN violation which is grounds for termination of the domain name. “the provision of false Whois information can be grounds for cancellation of your domain name registration”. Visit ICANN’s web site at http://www.icann.org/registrars/wdrp.htm for complete information on this.

Report Registrars Who Fail To Take Action

I’ve filed many complaints to registrars and many take action including freezing the domain name so it’s no longer visible on the internet or terminating the domain.

One of the WORST for taking no action is NAUNET-REG-RIPN

domain: NAUNET.RU
nserver: dns1.naunet.ru. 193.227.240.37
nserver: dns2.naunet.ru. 193.227.240.38
state: REGISTERED, DELEGATED, VERIFIED
org: “NauNet SP”
registrar: NAUNET-REG-RIPN
admin-contact: https://client.naunet.ru/c/whoiscontact
created: 2005.02.15
paid-till: 2012.02.15
free-date: 2012.03.17

Unfortunately they can get away with doing nothing and sanctioning spammers because they are in RUSSIA and regulate .RU domains.

.COM, .NET, and .ORG’s are United States based and regulated by ICANN.

This link will take you to ICANN’s web site and details ICANN’s rules regarding inaccurate whois contact info and the registrars responsibility to get it corrected or terminate the registrants domain name; http://www.icann.org/announcements/advisory-03apr03.htm .

Click here to see a letter written to Network Solutions by ICANN when they (Network Solutions) failed to take appropriate action.

Before filing a complaint, you should give the registrar at least 4 weeks to update the false or missing info, or terminate the domain name. Here’s the link to file complaints to ICANN about registrars who fail to make their customers update their contact info. http://reports.internic.net/cgi/registrars/problem-report.cgi

You can also write them a e-mail at this address: registrar-info@icann.org

Be sure to create a folder called “Spam” and keep copies of the all Spam you receive as evidence. To really put the pressure on Spammers and Internet Abuse, report every incident of Spam or Internet Abuse you are subjected to. Don’t let them get away with ANY abuse.

Keep copies of all e-mail you send to ISP’s, Hosting Companies, Registrars and Spammers. These will be needed as evidence if legal action is taken.

Obscene / Pornographic Web Sites & SPAM

Report Obscene or Pornographic SPAM & Web Sites here: http://www.obscenitycrimes.org/

Where to Report Child Pornography Web Sites & Spam

Link to  CyberTipline To report child pornography SPAM, Web Sites and/or sexual exploitation of children, please contact your Crimes Against Children Coordinator at your local FBI Field Office or link to the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children’s CyberTipline at www.cybertipline.com. The CyberTipline allows parents and children to file a report by submitting an online form.

This form is then reviewed by analysts and forwarded to law enforcement including the FBI, the U.S. Customs Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and state and local police agencies. For additional information on Internet safety, please consult the FBI brochure titled ‘A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety’ which is available online. You may obtain a hard copy of the brochure by contacting a Crimes Against Children Coordinator at your local FBI Field Office.

Ammunition against Spammers 
Annoying someone via the Internet is now a federal crime.  Penalty provides up to 2 years in prison .  Read about it here