I have had enough from spammers. I have made it a habit when checking my Gmail to scan through the spam folder in case Google in all their wisdom has put an email I actually wanted in there. I came across some emails from ME! Yes, the spammers were using my email address to spread their disease.
So I have been on the rampage lately with these and drawing no quarter with them. I am cutting them off at the knees by going after, not only the site sending the email itself, but after their MONEY. I am reporting them to not only their hosting and the product they are selling (tried the hosting and product before, but with limited results some products and hosting would rather give you the run around than uphold their own TOS against spam), but their payment processors too.
Funny thing is, most of them are using PayPal. My spam folder is getting dusty now from nothing being in it!
Spam has been an annoyance, but now it was WAR!
Here is what you do:
1. Click the little down arrow in the top right corner and click "Show Original".
2. You look at who actually send the email. It could be just an IP address. So copy that into your browser and see what the name of the site it came from.
3. Go to www.whois.com and look up the site and see if there is an contact email for the domain. If not just use "abuse@ thedomainname.com"
4. See what the product it. Who are they an affiliate for. Find a contact email or a way to report spam (don't hold your breath though most are non-existent) or again use the "firstname.lastname@example.org"
5. Finally, see who there payment processor is. This is as easy as clicking the "buy" button and seeing who is processing the payment. If it is PayPal (which is was has been in my case) copy the name of the seller.
6. Take the spam email and click the "forward" and then go to the tab with the original and click "copy to clipboard" and paste it into the forward email above the email. Write something above this like the following (but make it a bit different each time):
To whom it may concern:
I have been receiving spam emails from this party and they are using your equipment and services in their criminal activities. Please take whatever actions are needed to prevent them from sending me any more spam before I take legal action. The spammer is using PayPal as their money laundering service for their criminal activities and their account is Joe Blow LLC.
Finally, address emails to "abuse@" and all the domains involved. Like email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc.
You need to be creative, but not threatening. If you want to go the whole way, you can add "email@example.com", "firstname.lastname@example.org", and "email@example.com". I have had to go this route with a few stubborn ones that I didn't get anything from the hosting, product, or payment processor.
Now you may get some replies with, "Oh, but we have no control over what our customers do blah, blah, blah." and most likely will get absolutely no response at all from any of them. You may also get bounced emails that are undeliverable. Though you do this for about a week and you will start to see your spam dwindling little by little.
If their is a "spammer blacklist" I am getting on it!
If you notice, 'wordology" (maybe not a real term) of the email - I don't think PayPal will appreciate them being associated with a money laundering service and criminal activity do you? The mention of "criminal activity" and "legal action" though completely vague does have good effect. You also notice it is not specific or threatening. Giving the PayPal account will stop any delays of them trying to look it up themselves and since it is sent to others too, puts the name of the spammer out there too.
If they lose their product and payment processor, the rest falls like dominoes.
It seems that after sending out a few of these, they drop off like flies. You will find most come from the same domains with different names and email showing in the email. So sending a single email like the one above will get rid of a few in one email.
I am taking back my email inbox and you can too!