Stop Spam Right at the Source – How To Finally Report Those Annoying Messages

Stop Spam Right at the Source – How To Finally Report Those Annoying Messages

I find that every time I write an article about getting rid of spam people cannot get enough. After all, 488,005,400 Americans use the Internet every day, many for work purposes, and spam is nothing but an annoyance. What prompted me to begin researching this and really getting the subjcet out there to the public was the fact that spam messages KEPT HAPPENING. Flashing messages, non-stop emails telling me I’m a winner, and pop-up ads that take over my screen never seemed to lessen. According to spamcop.net, there are approximately 10.1 spam message sent per second!

Although “x’ing” out these ads or deleting these emails works temporarily, I was ready for a more permanent solution. Fortunately, I found that reporting spam is fairly simple. Depending on whether you are concerned about the spam your company is dealing with or the spam you are personally dealing with will likely determine how you go about reporting it. There are two different approaches to deleting spam.


Stop Spam Right at the Source - How To Finally Report Those Annoying Messages

Don’t Let Spammers Get Away With Annoying You – How to Report These Aggravations

  1. Consider a spam reporting service.

    If you are an owner or a manger of a company, a spam reporting service would probably be your best route to take when it comes to stopping a spam problem. Spam can often freeze computers and distract workers, so simply telling your employees to ignore it may become too much to deal with for employees who work on a computer 40 hours per week. While some companies start off by having an IT department control spam, this should not be a long term solution. Your IT department should be focusing on your website and more internal issues.

    Although spam reporting services usually require installation and a price of about $10 per 5 addresses, it is certainly one of the easiest and quickest ways to report spam and make sure it doesn’t happen again. A few of the most popular services used among businesses are Spamcop and Cybershore, Inc.

  2. Try to tackle the problem on your own by reporting it from home.

    If you have a few constant spam messages that just won’t seem to go away, it might be best to simply report the spam message on your own as opposed to paying for the service discussed above.

    Reporting spam on your own takes a few steps:

    1. Define the Internet Service Provider (ISP)—The ISP is basically the source of the message. Once you know that source, you will know who is at fault. Spam messages almost always use a fake name in the “from” line of your email, so to find the ISP you must activate a traceroute.
    2. Use a Traceroute – It sounds complicated, but a traceroute is actually built into your computer system. All you have to do is find the tracerount in Windows (called “tracert”) and then launch the tool. You will then see a domain name that should trace right back to the spammer’s ISP.
    3. Send an email to those in charge—Once you know who is sending out the messages, it is time to complain. Different complaints go to different people, so visit The Network Abuse Clearninghouse to help you determine where to send your email.

I know from personal experience that once you’ve had enough spam you will do anything to get rid of it for good. After all, the people who spend their time trying to annoy you with their messages deserve to get caught! If you follow one of the two tips above, you’re sure to get the last laugh.

8 Responses to “Stop Spam Right at the Source – How To Finally Report Those Annoying Messages”

  1. Tammy Howard says:

    There is not even one real advantage or benefit for spamming. I think that if society’s general opinion on spam will be realy bad, the spamming rating will decrease seriously/

    • Paul Salmon says:

      I agree completely. Spamming is an annoying part of blogging, and for most people there really isn’t any benefit. I can usually spot spam comments on my blog, and a quick search in Google confirms my suspicions. I will mark them as spam without a second thought.

  2. Susan says:

    Spamming is kind a problem that every website owners are going through. You do have some things to prevent spam but most of the cases it stand out as not working. So the better way is to prevent spam is to just ignoring it and use some basic level spam protector.

    • Paul Salmon says:

      It is impossible to completely stop spam, and many approaches are proactive. Having a good spam protector is a necessity, but won’t stop all spam. Some manual intervention is required for many types of spam.

  3. Aaron says:

    I think everywhere we can easily find spam. I’ll follow your suggestion and will see how it actually works.

  4. Julie Hayes says:

    It is very annoying to receive same messages everyday with massive amounts. Everyday I spend a couple of minutes just erasing them.

  5. Andrew Walker says:

    The thing is,removing spam is not as easy as it’s said. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. I totally agree with this article, spamming is not good, every time I visit different blog site ,I hate seeing comments with too many out of bound links, It annoys me a lot, I hope that online people can take care about this matter.

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