Who would block the Spam Cop ???

by Fred Showker

60-Seconds I recently was surprised by what I thought was professional web company who are quite popular and offer quite a bit of information. They offer industry marketing reports, and when signing my email address to download the report they said "Spamcop Addresses are blocked" Hmmmmm, what do you think about that ???


Right there in the dialog alert it said "if you feel this is in error, contact us." So, I wrote a little note and said hey, what gives with this? I explained that generally, the only sites that block the spam cop are those somehow involved with cybercrime, or have very high numbers of spam reports so they turn the Spamcop.net off to avoid getting the reports and alerts. We see it all the time in the response reports -- "... ISP does not wish to be contacted by spamcop.net" or "... site refuses Spam reports."

In short, they don't want to be bothered. Most ISP companies and Email providers actually want to know when someone is using them to distribute spam. So, I figured I'd let them know -- they may want to change the policy and not draw attention to themselves. Well, obviously, they didn't want to know, here's the reponse :


I'm not saying that MarketingProfs is in any way involved with spam. But their response was pretty clear -- right there in black and white : "to minimize spam scores." They considered the issue "solved" and that's that.

As you probably already know, I've been using Spamcop, reporting spam, tracking spam and cybercriminals and as a community volunteer, writing the anti-spam columns for ugnn.com and safenetting.com now, beginning back close to 20 years ago. According to my Knujon reporting system, since 2009, I have reported 5,931 'bad' domains out of a total of 79,525 instances.

Out of 79,525 reported spams, do you have any idea how many have said "I can assure you we're not involved with cybercrime." Now, we never get responses from 99% because the domains are hijacked, or they reject the reports. But when one does get through, guess what they say. "Oh, we've done nothing wrong, that was someone else." Of all the replies we've gotten to reported phishing, spam, malware, hijack or just plane unsolicited bulk email (UCE) I don't EVER recall having a single one actually admit to the crime. Did I expect them to admit to it? Well, in this case -- I really have to take their word for it. Certainly the service person's word, because she probably has no idea what else might be going on with that provider.

You should hope your ISP doesn't block spamcop reports. It helps you with better speed and more bandwidth by lower costs for your ISP. It helps your fellow honorable internet user because it cuts down on their spam and increases their bandwidth as well. It helps ME because there'll be less spam to track, analyze and report. As a matter of fact, the only one who stands to gain by NOT being reported, by blocking Spamcop is the spammer.

I've said this 100 times or more: Get a Spamcop.net address and report all that cybercrime activity. Join Knujon.com so your spam can be tracked and counted in the research database. Unless we join together, we'll always be hounded by low-life online criminals.

And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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