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But in your browser just click on 'View Source Code' and search for letters 'http'. That will take you to spammer's affiliate link.
(2) Reporting to Web Hosts
If spam doesn't contain an affiliate link, its likely that it is coming from owner of domain name. In that case you'll have to report it to spammer's web host or their ISP.
To make a report to spammer's web host just go to Whois, directory of registered domain names: http://www.netsol.com/cgi-bin/whois/whois
Type in spammer's domain (the website address that appears in spam) together with extension (.com, .org, .net etc).
The host for that domain will usually be listed as Technical Contact in Whois record and there will be an email address for contacting them.
(3) Reporting to ISPs
To report a spammer to his Internet Service Provider, you'll have to look at spam's 'extended headers'.
Extended headers show servers that message passed through in order to get to you. The instructions for viewing extended headers will vary depending on what email client you are using.
=> In Pegasus Mail, open offending message and then right-click and choose 'Show raw message data'.
=> In Eudora Light, click on 'Tools' in top menu bar, and then 'Options', and then select checkbox option that says 'Show all headers (even ugly ones)' and click OK.
=> In Outlook Express, open offending message, select 'Properties' from File menu and then click 'Details' tab.
Reading and understanding extended headers is quite a detailed subject. Here's an excellent free tutorial on how to decipher extended headers: http://www.doughnut.demon.co.uk/SpamTracking101.html
As an alternative to these reporting techniques, you could use a web-based spam reporting service such as SpamCop (www.spamcop.net). SpamCop deciphers spam's message headers and traces mail back to its source.
However, SpamCop is known to generate complaints about innocent third parties, and as a result, many system administrators ignore complaints received from SpamCop.
There is one kind of spam that techniques in this article probably won't help you with: spam from China.
This is most peculiar spam you're ever likely to receive. For example I regularly get messages from a certain ChenHua of China-Lutong mechanical company asking me if I would like to order hydraulic heads for VE distributor pump.
Spam is not an issue in China so it's unlikely you would stop spammer by reporting him to a 3rd party. However, while doing research for this article I came across a web page that offers a very ingenious (though rather severe) solution to Chinese spam.
The Chinese government recently ordered all ISPs in China to start monitoring email for subversive phrases. This anti-spammer replies to Chinese spam with a message that includes subversive phrases, such as "weapons and ammunition", "Falung Gong" and "Free Tibet".
But I don't recommend you do this - Chinese spammer could end up spending years in a forced labor camp. Even worst spammer in world doesn't deserve that.
Good luck in your fight against spam!
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