How to report Spam?

Discussion in 'Email Marketing' started by Fintan, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Fintan

    Fintan New Member

    Just received a spam email from a company in Limerick offering to sell me email scanning services that will cut by spam by 90% ...ironic I know!

    Now this is the second email they have sent me, I have tried to unsubscribe but no avail.

    Can I report them to anyone?
  2. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Name and shame!
  3. Fintan

    Fintan New Member

    Sure the email was sent by an Allen Tempy of - email address

  4. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    Report them to spamcop ....
  5. Redfly

    Redfly Moderator

    Agreed. Spamcop can cause a pain in the arse for companies like that. Irony is not the word!
  6. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    The handy thing about spamcop is that it will automatically parse the mails to send abuse reports to the correct people :)
  7. Fintan

    Fintan New Member

    Well I have reported everything to Spamcop
  8. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    That won't make any difference and to think so is incredibly naive
  9. georgiecasey

    georgiecasey New Member

    What is the Irish law on email spam? Is it like CANSPAM
  10. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    It's a bit stronger (which wouldn't be hard)

    Basically EU law differentiates between individuals and business.

    If you are a business user the spammer can send you an email, but they must stop once you tell them to.

    If you are a personal user they have no right to spam you

    If there is an existing business relationship then companies can email you with information related to the business relationship.

    So, for example, we can email clients about anything to do with hosting and domains, but if we were to start a new business selling coffee we couldn't use the mailing list to promote it. (Not the best example, but I hope you get the general idea)

    There's more information on the data privacy site
  11. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    No they haven't

    I honestly don't know which country you've been researching, but it definitely wasn't Ireland.
  12. d-tour

    d-tour New Member

    for ireland id reccomend comreg, they have made a few high profile seizures over the last few weeks based on unsolicited marketing and database gathering.
  13. georgiecasey

    georgiecasey New Member

    That was for companies sending SMS spam, wasn't it
  14. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member


    SMS spam is easy enough to take action on, though in most cases the companies seem to get away with a slap
  15. CiaranR

    CiaranR Weeno Ltd +

    Thats SMS yes but it was the Data protection Commisioners Office in conjunction with Regtel. The Case is still on going so we'll have to wait to see what slaps are to be handed out.

    The DPC is the only person worth talking to in relation to reporting spam and legal action been tacken .
  16. delage

    delage New Member

    another irish spammer

    I received an email a few weeks ago from
    They were offering several general it services including, wait for it, "anti-spam"
    The mail clained it was a once off. It did not say where it got my address and offered no opt out. I phoned them and was told it was a mistake by an outside marketing company. I left it at that as the guy on the other end of the phone sounded appolagetic and may have been telling the truth. Low and behold I received another mail today from the same people. I phoned and was told more or less the same story.
    After a mild rant i meekly said my goodbyes. What can I do? I really want to follow this one up and dont mind putting time or even a little expense in to it.
    Is there an official way to have these guys penalised?
  17. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    If you have told them to remove you from their list but they keep mailing you, then you can report them to the data privacy commissioner.
  18. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    If you report spam via spamcop it will automatically trigger reports to the ISPs that they use for email etc., which is a lot more effective than reporting them to ComReg

    Of course this won't work too well with some ISPs' clients, as the ISPs themselves don't have functioning abuse contacts! (You'll see their reports being sent to internal spamcop handling)

    You can also report them to URIBL
  19. mneylon

    mneylon Administrator Staff Member

    I assume you're talking about Yahoo webmail users?
  20. Teddy

    Teddy New Member

    I installed the client software on my computer and when i receive mail, it simply blocks the spam of this kindююю

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