How to Track Down Spammers
Part of the Internet Privacy For Dummies Cheat Sheet
The internet is flooded with spam, but after you learn a few tricks, hunting down a spammer's base of operations and getting him kicked off the web is usually simple. To track down spammers in your email, follow these steps in order:
Look at the e-mail headers in the message.
Follow the flow of Received headers backward from your ISP.
Identify the owner of the last verifiable e-mail-handling server.
Look for URLs and e-mail addresses in the contents of the spam.
Track down the correct addresses for everyone who should receive the complaint.
Send a firm but politely worded complaint.
If complaints bounce back, continue complaining upstream.
If your complaints are ignored, report the spammer to a blocking list.
If all else fails, complain to your ISP.