Taking Care of a SPAMMER . . .
I was notified earlier today that someone had been SPAMMING members of one of my forums. Of course, I was upset, but instead of getting annoyed, I took action to ensure this person was stopped. I looked up WhoIs record using my favorite site for the occasion, http://whois.sc. From there I was able to determine who his host was, and contacted their abuse system (Hosts do not like SPAMMERS! It is illegal to SPAM and if they find out that you are using their server to SPAM, they will boot you immediately).
I’ve been notified that they are handling the situation . . .
Sometimes, the people you’re fighting host their own servers, and reporting them is not so easy. In that case, you’ll likely need to report them directly to the various Blacklists. Follow the directions below to find out how to contact the various blacklist providers.
How Can You Check to See if You or Another Website Have Been Blacklisted?
There is an easy way to check the blacklists!
- Go to MX Toolbox
- Enter the domain of the site you are interested in, in the lookup box and select the button [MX Lookup]
- You’ll now see results including: Preference, Host Name, IP Address, TTL, and you’ll see two buttons (Diagnostics & Blacklists)
- Click on the Blacklists button and you’ll see a screen with the site’s IP address in a box.
- Click the [Blacklist Check] button
What you’ll see is the IP address checked against 122 known blacklists. If the status is OK, then there are no problems. If it is not OK, there should be an explanation.
There will be links to all of the Blacklists, and if for some reason your site has mistakenly been added, there are usually explanations on their sites of how to remove yourself.
Hope this helps!