I used to use Spamcop, back in the early days, when it made reporting spam to ISPs (to shut down zombies) and open mail servers (to lock down access) pretty automagic. A quick skim for false positives, click on "Check All" and then "Send." I don't remember if they also reported to any government agencies.
After they switched to pretty much just filtering, I dropped my subscription with them. Surprisingly, my personal email address has been getting very little spam over the last few years. I don't have any kind of filter on it, and I think I only get a half dozen a week.
My work email used to get a lot of spam. Our sales email address routinely had a coupla hundred on Monday mornings. We moved our server to Pair, where they have greylisting. That by itself knocked the spam load down by well over 90%. Most of the rest is handled by the Spamassassin filter.
As for the value of reporting to government agencies, it might help a teeny bit. They did arrest a few of the biggest spammers some time in the last year or two. I'm sure the forwarded emails helped make them aware of who were among the worst offenders. (BTW, you do "Forward as Attachment," correct? A simple "Forward" will not preserve the headers, which they need.)
So, my feeling is that, if you have a procedure laid out that makes it trivially easy to report the bulk of spam you have to deal with, then continue to do so. If you have to put forth very much effort or time at all, then it is probably not worth it.
Over the past couple of years I have dealt with SPAM by forwarding it to email addresses that I found online. Here in Canada it is firstname.lastname@example.org, and in the USA it is email@example.com,
I am not sure where a lot of these SPAM and phishing emails come from as addresses are spoofed, as are recipients' addresses as well. I was wondering what actually happens when I submit an item, or in my case hundreds over the years. Is it even making a difference? Is this an exercise I should continue (forwarding the emails to the spam fighters) or would it be just as easy to just delete the item and continue to ignore them and save my time and effort?
PayPal and Apple are about the only companies that respond back to me (automatic message) when I submit messages to them. There are a few SPAM emails that I get that I can’t submit as the company does not have an address to forward spam emails to, they only have a form that you need to fill out to get a response. I would like to be able to forward them the emails as the email is obviously about brand name products to get your money and or supply counterfeit items in the process.
What happens when a foreign diplomat perishes and I get an offer to share untold millions? Does some authority just freeze that email account and the scammer has to create a new one to carry on with their less-than-honorable intentions?
My ISP does provide a pretty good SPAM filter, but on occasion, a legitimate email is flagged by mistake and there have been instances where a fraudulent email sneaks through. With these cases, I can flag the legitimate email as not a spam item and forward it to my ISP. The spam email that snuck through gets forwarded to the federal spam inbox.
I'd like to know what you all do, and tell me if my efforts to fight SPAM and phishing emails are fruitless? Or should I continue in hopes I am making a difference? Thank you.
--Submitted by Tracy W.