Where (in USA) to report spam with fake headers

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by Arthur T., Apr 18, 2006.

  1. Arthur T.

    Arthur T. Guest

    First, an apology. This is not quite security related.
    However, based on previous discussions I've seen here, some of you
    will know the answer of the tops of your heads or can give me
    pointers. (Also, it is *almost* a security question.)

    I'm involved with a non-profit job-hunt support group.
    Recently, we've started getting "undeliverable mail" messages for
    mail we didn't send. The bigger problem is that at least some of
    the spam is dubious job offers, and that could affect our
    reputation. At least one such is for a supposedly foreign
    company, but whois shows that the domain name is registered with a
    US address.

    I know that forging FROM: in spams is illegal in the US. I
    don't know who to report it to. (I also know there's not much
    hope that anything will be done, but there's even less chance if
    it's not reported.)

    So, to whom do I report such illegal spam?

    --
    Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" speakeasy "dot" net
    Looking for a good MVS systems programmer position
    Arthur T., Apr 18, 2006
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  2. Arthur T. wrote:

    > I'm involved with a non-profit job-hunt support group.
    > Recently, we've started getting "undeliverable mail" messages for
    > mail we didn't send. The bigger problem is that at least some of
    > the spam is dubious job offers, and that could affect our
    > reputation. At least one such is for a supposedly foreign
    > company, but whois shows that the domain name is registered with a
    > US address.


    So what? Anything except the first Received-header is usually untrusted.

    > I know that forging FROM: in spams is illegal in the US.


    ROFL!

    > I don't know who to report it to.


    Report it to the bouncer, they will report it to the open relay or
    misused server and those will not do anything because they're morons.
    Welcome to the intarweb!

    > (I also know there's not much
    > hope that anything will be done, but there's even less chance if
    > it's not reported.)


    Well, cannot go much below zero.

    > So, to whom do I report such illegal spam?


    To yourself. Put a warning about the scam on your website and think
    about digital signatures to provide authenticity for at least your
    legitimate mails.
    Sebastian Gottschalk, Apr 18, 2006
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  3. Arthur T.

    Don Kelloway Guest

    "Arthur T." <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > First, an apology. This is not quite security related.
    > However, based on previous discussions I've seen here, some of you
    > will know the answer of the tops of your heads or can give me
    > pointers. (Also, it is *almost* a security question.)
    >
    > I'm involved with a non-profit job-hunt support group.
    > Recently, we've started getting "undeliverable mail" messages for
    > mail we didn't send. The bigger problem is that at least some of
    > the spam is dubious job offers, and that could affect our
    > reputation. At least one such is for a supposedly foreign
    > company, but whois shows that the domain name is registered with a
    > US address.
    >
    > I know that forging FROM: in spams is illegal in the US. I
    > don't know who to report it to. (I also know there's not much
    > hope that anything will be done, but there's even less chance if
    > it's not reported.)
    >
    > So, to whom do I report such illegal spam?
    >
    > --
    > Arthur T. - ar23hur "at" speakeasy "dot" net
    > Looking for a good MVS systems programmer position



    It sounds like you're the victim of what is referred to as a 'joe job'. See
    the following links for further information.

    http://www.spamfaq.net/terminology.shtml#joe_job
    http://www.g4tv.com/techtvvault/features/41474/Beware_the_Joe_Job.html
    http://www.cotse.com/11022000.html


    Re: who to report it to

    If you can determine that messages originate from a company within the
    United States then you can report the company the Federal Trade Commission.
    Use the link below to file a complaint with the FTC.

    https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

    In addition you may consider the following links for filing complaints.

    http://spam.getnetwise.org/action/
    http://onguardonline.gov/filecomplaint.html

    --
    Best regards, from Don Kelloway of Commodon Communications
    Visit http://www.commodon.com to learn about the "Threats to Your Security
    on the Internet".
    Don Kelloway, Apr 19, 2006
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  4. Arthur T.

    Ant Guest

    "Arthur T." wrote:

    > I know that forging FROM: in spams is illegal in the US. I
    > don't know who to report it to. (I also know there's not much
    > hope that anything will be done, but there's even less chance if
    > it's not reported.)
    >
    > So, to whom do I report such illegal spam?


    You can report all spam (unsolicited bulk email), illegal or
    otherwise, to: <http://www.spamcop.net/>. You need to sign up for a
    free reporting account.

    Bounces to forged senders (backscatter) are considered spam, and are
    reportable. Mail servers emitting backscatter will get added to the
    Spamcop block list, which hopefully will persuade admins to better
    configure their servers.
    Ant, Apr 19, 2006
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