You can also affect the price spammers have to pay for sending their junk, though. If you report spamming to the spammer's ISP they can enforce their acceptable usage policy, kick the spammer and make them pay. Even if the ISP does not act against the spammer (because they have a under-the-table contract), it is good to let them know that this is not okay.
Since spammers always try to hide, finding the right person to complain to can be difficult. Fortunately, services like SpamCop take the pain out of analyzing spam.
Report Spam using Outlook Express and SpamCop
To report spam with Outlook Express and SpamCop:
- Set up a SpamCop reporting account.
- If you already have a SpamCop account you can skip this step, of course.
- Make Outlook Express display the message source of the spam you want to report.
- Press Ctrl-A to select the whole source.
- Press Ctrl-C to copy it.
- Close the Message Source window.
- Report the copied message using SpamCop.