Handler's Diary April 10th 2006
Spam reporting addresses (NEW)
Last Updated: 2006-04-10 13:38:50 UTC by William Stearns (Version: 5(click to highlight changes))
It's been a quiet day, with a few reports of phish and pop-up spam. It looks like we haven't covered spam reporting in a while.
Because I work so much with spam already as part of the sa-blacklist and SURBL projects, I take an additional step and report spam to the organizations and agencies that have interest in certain spam categories. I tend to prefer email accounts to which I can bounce spam emails as this is easier to script than trying to send the emails through web forms.
First, the FTC will take any spam you get; send it to uce_at_ftc.gov . Also, spamarchive.org is interested in any spam you have, but please send it as an RFC822 attachment (see your email client docmuentation on "How to send as an attachment") to submitautomated_at_spamarchive.org .
Here are the reporting addresses I use, by category:
- Theft of cable services: ocst_at_ncta.com
- Child pornography: children_at_interpol.int, gmail_at_cybertip.ca . Other than these, do not redistribute the spams, visit any advertised sites, or keep the emails. You shouldn't send these to spamarchive.org as these are republished on an ftp server.
- Nigerian/419 scams (http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/
- OEM software: netpiracy_at_siia.net, piracy_at_microsoft.com
- Phish scams: reportphishing_at_antiphishing.org, phish_at_ists.dartmouth.edu, spam_at_mailpolice.com, and phishing-report_at_us-cert.gov. Also, postmaster_at_corp.mailsecurity.net.au, spoof_at_millersmiles.co.uk, and report_at_reportphish.org are interested, but please send the phish mail as an RFC822 attachment.
- Pills: webcomplaints_at_ora.fda.gov, drugs_at_interpol.int
- Pyramid scams: fraud_at_uspis.gov
- Rolex/replicas: steve.gobin_at_rolex.com, expert_at_lpconline.com
- Stock/pump and dump: enforcement_at_sec.gov
- Tobacco: alctob_at_ttb.treas.gov
- Viruses: avsubmit_at_symantec.com, newvirus_at_kaspersky.com, vsamples_at_f-secure.com, virus_at_cai.com, virus_at_commandcom.com, virus_at_pandasoftware.com, virus_doctor_at_trendmicro.com, virus_research_at_nai.com
Some of the above came from Spamlinks Reporting page - many thanks for an excellent resource. The email addresses I covered above tend to be focused on US agencies; definitely visit spamlinks if you live outside of the US.
-- Bill Stearns (http://www.stearns.org, firstname.lastname@example.org