So I was thinking about spam, and that our filters seems to be working quite well, when all of a sudden, I found myself going to the SANS ISC for no particular reason, and lo and behold, one of their handlers (William Stearns) posted information on how to report spam! Weird? Not sure, but it leads me to just drop this knowledge on you, just in case you haven't seen it yet or need the addresses:

Handler's Diary April 10th 2006

Spam reporting addresses (NEW)
Published: 2006-04-10,
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 . Also, 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 .

Here are the reporting addresses I use, by category:

- Theft of cable services:

- Child pornography:, . Other than these, do not redistribute the spams, visit any advertised sites, or keep the emails. You shouldn't send these to as these are republished on an ftp server.

- Nigerian/419 scams (

- OEM software:,

- Phish scams:,,, and Also,,, and are interested, but please send the phish mail as an RFC822 attachment.

- Pills:,

- Pyramid scams:

- Rolex/replicas:,

- Stock/pump and dump:

- Tobacco:

- Viruses:,,,,,,,

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 (,
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