Article Index

1. Introduction

2. Spamming and Hacking Defined

3. Defending Your Computer

4. Antivirus Programs

5. Firewall Programs

6. Avoiding Spammers and Hackers

7. Reporting Internet Crooks to Law Enforcement Agencies

8. Getting Illegal Spammers and Hackers Kicked Off the Internet

9. Finding a Spammer's ISP

10. Finding a Hacker's ISP

11. How to find the ISP for a specific IP address

12. Composing our Email Complaint

13. Article Conclusion







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Fighting Back Against Illegal Email Spammers, Internet Hackers, and other Web Thieves

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Getting Illegal Spammers and Hackers Kicked Off the Internet

Finding a Spammer's ISP

In order to complain to a spammer's ISP, you first have to find the spammer's true ISP in the email header of the spam.

This process is complicated because:

1. Spammers almost always use a free email account as their reply address e.g. givememoney@hotmail.com. While complaining to the free ISP will kill the Hotmail account (a good thing), it still doesn't get the spammer off the Internet as they still have an ISP that gives them Internet access.

2. They will try to conceal their ISP by falsifying it in the email header e.g. givememoney@hotmail.com actually is a fictitious email address.

3. They find unsuspecting servers to relay their email, which gives the appearance that the relaying server is the originating ISP.

4. Their ISP's are in foreign countries that may or may not take action against the spammer.

If you're interested in the process of reading email headers, you can find some links at the end of this article. Thankfully, there is an easy way to determine the ISP of a spammer.

The Easy Way to Track Down a Spammer's ISP

The fastest way I've found to complain to a spammer's ISP is to use the services of a website called SpamCop.net.

To use SpamCop.net you do the following:

1. You register for a free account

2. They send you an address to forward your spam to.

3. You forward any email spam you want to track to the SpamCop address (I suggest you also forward (cc:) the spam to Spam@UCE.GOV so the spam gets included in the law enforcement database).

4. Spamcop processes the spam and notifies you by email.

5. You click on a link in the email that takes you to a web page with the processed spam.

6. You review the web page to see if the spam processed.

7. You hit the send button to mail SpamCop's automated complaints directly to the spammer's ISP, email provider, relay server etc.

After you have set up your account the process only takes a couple of minutes per email. The only bad part of this process is that you don't receive confirmation that any action has been taken. However, rest assured that all US ISP's and many foreign ISP's do take action on these notices and will kill the spammer's accounts if they can identify the spammer.

Be advised that while SpamCop is free, they do request small donations.

I think that SpamCop is a good utility that does a decent job of tracking down a spammer's ISP. It is a tremendous time saver as it can take 30 minutes or more to manually investigate an email header.

For those of you that like to track down spammers on their own, study information on decoding eamil headers.

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