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pdsterling
02 May 2019

I have given up on "reporting" abuse, although it is a popular concept among senior citizens. Using Outlook, I get more damn spam than I can say grace over, and when I check web-mail, I find dozens and dozens of spams they filtered out. When people call up from Windows or Credit Card Central, I almost want to ask, don't you feel bad about scamming people. Of course, they don't, and they need a job. The Wicked Witch of the West had it right - what a world, what world . . .

Posted by:

Will
02 May 2019

Every few months I find a sender whom I have been receiving from for years in my spam folder. Sometimes it a well known IT writer. Clearly, spam filtering needs work, also.

Posted by:

Allan
02 May 2019

I recently found out that Netflix sold my personal information to Facebook, and now I'm getting tons of Spam.

I've since cancelled Netflix, and my complaints to Facebook have fallen on deaf ears!

I've bought and used various Spam blockers, and each time Facebook finds a way to infiltrate my Yahoo account.

Hopefully after Facebook is hit in the wallet so hard, they will stop the spamming. Sure.

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Dave
02 May 2019

When I tried to open Spam Cop from the highlight above, the following message was received: Warning: Potential Security Risk Ahead

Firefox detected a potential security threat and did not continue to spamcop.net. If you visit this site, attackers could try to steal information like your passwords, emails, or credit card details.

What can you do about it?

The issue is most likely with the website, and there is nothing you can do to resolve it. You can notify the website’s administrator about the problem.

Learn more…

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KEITH PATERSON
02 May 2019

I can vouch for the fact that Gmail is superb at filtering out spam. It is important to occasionally check that an important email has been filtered out incorrectly. But I find that it is rare. I therefore recommend Gmail to contacts who complain about spam
Keith Paterson MBE
www.silverhairs.co.uk

Posted by:

Kevin
02 May 2019

Dave,

The problem is more likely on your computer. I run into this all of time from my work laptop because the group I work for is too lazy to fix certificate authority issues. I don't use Firefox much anymore, so not sure how this works there but on Chrome and Edge, if you click on the icon to the left of the URL, you will get more information on the error. Click on Certificate and see if this is from a legitimate certification authority. You may have to do some more research to do this. If you determine that the certificate authority is legitimate, then do a search on how to add a certificate authority (most likely you will need to add it to "Trusted Root Certification Authorities" which is not where it will try to install by default. Of course, I just had one pop up where the certificate authority is Go Daddy and it is the CA that they use for their site--go figure.

Posted by:

Max
02 May 2019

Norton sends to eMail for review & if you want adds to allowed or blocked as desired...

Posted by:

Jack
02 May 2019

I'm in favor of the Russian solution.

Posted by:

Ray Brookins
02 May 2019

Your link to spamcop should be https://www.spamcop.net/
https://spamcop.net/ results in the security warning.

Posted by:

Dr. Sheldon Cooper
02 May 2019

I've configure my email client to automatically forward any email that goes to my SPAM folder to spam@uce.gov.

Posted by:

JonK
02 May 2019

If the sending ISP is a legitimate one and located in the United Sates or a few other countries that have Spam reporting sites, then I forward the Spam to the ISP and the government reporting site (like spam@uce.gov).

Yeah, it's a hassle, but I view it as part of being a good Net citizen.

I generally use iptrackeroneline.com to decode the header (I used to do it myself).

Recently, I was getting a huge amount of Spam from Amazon Web Services that got by my filters. I reported them to AWS (they do reply), and now that seems to have slowed.

Maybe it does do some good. Or I'm just naive.

Posted by:

Charles Heineke
02 May 2019

The problem with the SpamCop link in the article above is that the link shows https://spamcop.net/, with the "s". The site isn't secured, so it doesn't need the https://. You need to remove that assumed "s" and just use http://spamcop.net/ (without the "s"), and it goes there as it should. That's always an option to try, when you see an https:// link that doesn't work properly. Just remove the "s".

Posted by:

Kenneth Heikkila
02 May 2019

One word gmail.

I may have seen one unsolicited spam email in my inbox in every six month, maybe.

I just went through my spam folder and of the 64 items there was only one I felt it necessary to label "not spam," though several were promotions from places I sometimes used, none of those were anything I missed having in my inbox.

Posted by:

Robert A.
02 May 2019

Virtually all the spam I get in email is ads from products and services that I have no interest in - cannabis and erectile disfunction products or insurance and financial service offerings. Other times, it is mailings from publications, mainly Hearst, with its myriad of magazine titles, that are offering tempting sweepstakes prizes, and their business partners, who share my email address with the sweepstakes sponsor. Very, very rarely is it ever from "Nigerian" business proposals.

I always scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the "unsubscribe" tab, usually in the very smallest typeface, and click on it. Often the spammer recognizes my email address automatically, and takes me off their contact list. Others require me to enter my email address, then click to send. In virtually all cases, I stop hearing from those firms, nearly immediately, or in a few days. In any event, when I return to my in-basket, I mark or drag that email listing to the spam icon, as double insurance from future contact from those guys.

Posted by:

Louise
02 May 2019

I have to repeat - - use Gmail!!
I am constantly amazed by how accurate their filtering is and I get a LOT of email.
Furthermore I do a lot of online ordering which gives companies a leg up on sending me tons of advertising. I will delete them for a week or two until my order is complete; then mark them as "unsubscribe and spam" and they very shortly stop coming thru.
I ALWAYS recommend Gmail! I have been using it since you could only get an account through invitation!

Posted by:

Mike
02 May 2019

Ditto to Louise's comments.

Posted by:

johnnieberesolute
02 May 2019

I have 3 email accounts with my ISP, Centurylink. I rarely get any unsolicited emails or spam. The only thing going to my "junk file" is things I have subscribed to in the past but I want to look at only about every 2-3 weeks. Otherwise, I could unsubscribe them. However, I just deleted my MSN email account, because it allows almost anything through - insurance compasnies, illegal drugs, erectile dusfunction, you name it. MSN or Outlook, or whatever they call it now, has almost no spam filter at all. All kinds of trash comes through.

Posted by:

Bob
03 May 2019

I've used WHOIS, a program (or website) that gives the information of who owns a URL. Most have an "ABUSE" ID that they've registered.
The sending site URL, and embedded URL's can yield the ABUSE ID of those that WHOIS will give you.

I've found the great majority of these miscreants are registered at GODADDY. Reporting those emails, via the WHOIS information -- Seems to be a waste of time.

I now just read the subject line, or sending ID and just delete the obvious. Nobody is offering $50 off CVS or Amazon, and KETO diets aren't for me either.

Posted by:

Bob
03 May 2019

DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE
From Spam without assuring that the URL you *THINK* you are unsubscibing to is NOT A MALWARE SITE!!! Genuine MALWARE will have their hooks in every piece of the email and when you unsubscibe YOU'LL BE INFECTED, SPAM, HOOKED and UNDER THEIR CONTROL!!

If you don't know how to see the URL before you click it, you need to learn or be HOOKED.

Posted by:

Paul
03 May 2019

A large percentage of the spam I get in gmail is from the ocn.ne.jp and ocn.ad.jp domains and so I delete them using a gmail filter. I used to report these to Spamcop but it never made a difference. I guess the owner of these domains refuses to take any action.

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