Lesson from the SPAM front: When you report SPAM, it will be filtered by the SPAM filter!
Got a SPAM message from a Hotmail account with the usual "lost-fortune" story. This time the claimed source was closer to home: "The Malaysian Central Bank". Knowing there is no such thing (it's the "National Bank"), I forwarded the message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got the usual automated reply:
"This is an auto-generated response designed to let you know that our system received your support inquiry and a Support Representative will review your question and respond to you soon. Please note that you will not receive a reply if you respond directly to this message.
Thank you for contacting MSN Hotmail Support.
Remember that MSN Hotmail also has comprehensive online help available--just click "Help" in the upper right corner."
to be immediately followed by the rejection of my message:
Delivery Failure Report
|Your document:||Spam in name of the Malaysian central bank|
|was not delivered to:||email@example.com|
|because:||550 5.7.1 <Your e-mail was rejected by an anti-spam content filter on gateway (184.108.40.206).Reasons for rejection may be: obscene language, graphics, or spam-like characteristics. Removing these may let the e-mail through the filter.>|
Hurray! Reporting SPAM doesn't work for Hotmail anymore. This will look good on Hotmail's SPAM statistics: SPAM has gone away in Hotmail since none gets reported from outside anymore.