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Sick of Spam!
N/A | 10/21/03 | Mark A Sity

Posted on 10/21/2003 6:25:16 AM PDT by logic101.net

I am sick of spam. I have tried blocking senders, they get new acounts daily. I have tried the "unsubscribe" links, some might work, but enough don't (or are ignored) that my e-mail address is sold again and again. I have tried creating mail rules, but they keep changing the spellings and punctuation, or use on and off caps to defeat this, or they advertise a different drug.

I have gotten some spam from spam blocking sites, and am wondering if this is cost effective. The latest one I got was for "Spam Remedy 2.3" Has anyone used any of these programs and do they work? How much do they cost? Are they worth my time and trouble?

Most of the spam I get is porn, one would think that these people could be charged with "contributing to the delinquency of minors" since they don't care who they send their stuff to. Next is for perscription drugs, also illegal to just dole out to anyone. Where is the FBI in this?

Also, I just don't get where these people make money other than selling mailing lists. Do enough people go for their stuff to make up for the time and trouble? I can't see where a spamer would ever get more than 1 hit out of 5000 e-mails. And don't they ever get the hint that the other 4,999 are a waste of their time?

Personally, I'd like to see the FBI find a way to find spamer's computers, and send a single use virus to burn the hard drives out. Since much of this stuff is overseas it seems like the only option. I never had too much trouble with telemarketers; only one can call at a time. Not only that, they can't be sending children porn over the phone (ok well not so easily anyway). These spamer's are almost as disgusting and evil as Hitlery and it's "husband"!

Any advice on limiting this trash would be appreciated.

Mark A Sity


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1 posted on 10/21/2003 6:25:17 AM PDT by logic101.net
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To: logic101.net
Do you have up a personal home page with an email address? Expect lovely spam to show up in your in-box as long you're alive.
2 posted on 10/21/2003 6:26:35 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: logic101.net
Any advice on limiting this trash would be appreciated. Mark A Sity

Get a new e-mail account and don't give it out to any vendor or website.

3 posted on 10/21/2003 6:27:47 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: logic101.net
Mailwasher works pretty well for a free utility, especially with heuristics set to "strong" and a good list of DNS Blacklist servers.
4 posted on 10/21/2003 6:28:06 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: logic101.net
I use SpamNet with my Outlook and have been pleased with it. It isn't cheap but it's easy to use and it works - 3,900 spam emails deleted in two months.

http://www.cloudmark.com/myspamnet/
5 posted on 10/21/2003 6:29:10 AM PDT by americafirst
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To: martin_fierro
<*ding*>

That's what I was going to recommend.

I've found that after a few weeks of bouncing all the bad stuff, that the volume of spam has dropped considerably.
6 posted on 10/21/2003 6:29:53 AM PDT by FreedomPoster
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To: martin_fierro
Thanks, but will it delete mail I want along with the trash?

Mark A Sity
7 posted on 10/21/2003 6:30:10 AM PDT by logic101.net (http://www.logic101.net/)
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To: logic101.net
Ask your ISP to change your name with what you get your e-mail. This is what I did and it works
8 posted on 10/21/2003 6:32:29 AM PDT by Kaslin (What happend to my tagline?)
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To: logic101.net
I use Mailwasher to pre-screen all email. When I get on an undesired mailing list, I set the bounce filter more globally (using asterick). Setting the bounce filter can effectively remove all email from some sources.

Be careful though in setting the filter too globally. For example, if you block/filter all *@aol.com, you effectively block any mail coming from AOL senders.

I open the full header in undesired mail and look for a source. I noticed several coming from a site at xxx.xxx.xxx.br for offshore drugs, so I could block/filter *@*xxx.br .

9 posted on 10/21/2003 6:41:47 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: logic101.net
Thanks, but will it delete mail I want along with the trash?

One of the nice things about Mailwasher is that it's higly customizable.

So it can flag SPAM for deletion, while leaving the e-mail you want alone. Its filters can actually get better over time.

Check it out. What the heck, it's free.

10 posted on 10/21/2003 6:41:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: logic101.net
Use a free service like spamgourmet.com if you give out your e-mail on online forms, it allows you to prevent spammers from getting your real e-mail address. Yahoo! just introduced something like it but you have to pay $30 a year.
11 posted on 10/21/2003 6:42:09 AM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: FreedomPoster
I've found that after a few weeks of bouncing all the bad stuff, that the volume of spam has dropped considerably.

The problem with the "bounce" feature in Mailwasher is that most spammers have a fake "Return Path" address. When it is bounced it goes nowhere, so bouncing has no effect at all.

12 posted on 10/21/2003 6:45:34 AM PDT by Blue Screen of Death (,/i)
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To: logic101.net
Here is some more.



Low cal!!
13 posted on 10/21/2003 6:53:43 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Taglines are for the curious to read and the talented to write. Would someone write me one?)
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To: logic101.net
If your contacts are all known, see if your email service has a box to accept only calls from those addresses.
14 posted on 10/21/2003 6:54:11 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: logic101.net
I use Mailwasher Pro3.2 It is very effective. When you get proficient at it add these filters developed by a user, they do the real work.

http://www.w5hq.com/MailWasher/MailWasherFilters.txt

My spam is down from 200 emails to the 20 a day I need.

15 posted on 10/21/2003 6:55:32 AM PDT by Hang'emAll (WE WILL NOT DISARM!!!)
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To: Hang'emAll
My spam is down from 200 emails to the 20 a day I need

Whay do you need 20 spam a day?

16 posted on 10/21/2003 7:04:33 AM PDT by razorback-bert (A dime is a coin once used for money.)
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To: logic101.net
In Mail.app, I just set the JUNK MAIL menu option to TRAINING, mark each piece of junk I get as junk, then set the JUNK MAIL option to AUTOMATIC.

Now all that crap goes into the JUNK folder. Once you get confidence in the training, you could have it automatically delete the junk, but I haven't done that yet.

17 posted on 10/21/2003 7:07:55 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: razorback-bert
Typo, I haven't had coffee yet (with my spam).;-)

I meant only about 10% of emails I get are useful.

18 posted on 10/21/2003 7:09:08 AM PDT by Hang'emAll (WE WILL NOT DISARM!!!)
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To: logic101.net
I have tried the "unsubscribe" links, some might work, but enough don't (or are ignored) that my e-mail address is sold again and again.

This is the biggest mistake many people make. Spammers use this as a means to verify active e-mail addresses.

Depending on your ISP, you may be allowed 1 or more additional POP3 e-mail accounts at no cost. If this is the case, I suggest you create a new POP3 account, and abandon the old one.

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that there is virutally no way to stop 100% of the spam from reaching your inbox - and this leaves you vulnerable to not only offensive spam including porn, etc., but also unscrupulous individuals who send spam in an attempt to spread a virus, trojan, etc.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are asked/prompted for a valid e-mail address, never, ever provide the address to your POP3 account. Once the address of your POP3 account is out there, there's no getting it back - it's like trying to un-ring a bell.

Instead, create a free web-based email account (such as provided by Yahoo!), and use then when on the Net, etc. Keep your POP3 private, for close family, friends, etc., and make sure they understand that they are never to share it with anyone.
19 posted on 10/21/2003 7:10:58 AM PDT by SpellingTroll
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To: logic101.net
What I've finally done is shunt all incoming mail except those people I'm expecting to get mail from into a spam folder that I can peruse at my leisure. The only problem is, when someone changes addresses, they can get caught in the spambox until I create a new filter for the address.

I've had the same email address for almost 7 years, so I get lots of spam.

21 posted on 10/21/2003 7:19:38 AM PDT by zeugma (Mozilla/Firebird - The King of Browsers... YMMV)
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To: logic101.net
whiteice.com offers 5MB of webspace and spam-filtering for $20 per year.

You give out the whiteice.com email address and set the address to which you want your email forwarded.

It works extremely well.
22 posted on 10/21/2003 7:21:18 AM PDT by George Smiley (Is the RKBA still a right if you have to get the government's permission before you can exercise it?)
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To: logic101.net
I fight spam in two ways. First, none of my web pages have 'live' e-mail links - they're passive - legitimate visitors have to cut and paste.

I have come to the conclusion that spam will never be eradicated - maybe in the U.S. but those are the least of worries. Most spam comes from China, Taiwan, Korea, Russia, Brazil(?), Spain, Italy. I never respond to the 'unsubscribe' link or have any correspondence with the perp. Instead, I try to hit the bastards in the pocketbook and get their accounts cancelled. I have been using SpamCop for about a year - it is a little time-consuming but it helps shut the scum down.

I even had one guy write to me crying 'I'm not a spammer, I just want to present a valid business opportunity to you. Please contact me with your e-mail address.' Duh! No response from me.
23 posted on 10/21/2003 7:23:11 AM PDT by hardhead (Vast Right Wing Conspirator, Serial Number 565723890)
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To: logic101.net
Save to read later.
24 posted on 10/21/2003 7:31:03 AM PDT by dix
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To: hardhead
"I never respond to the 'unsubscribe' link or have any correspondence with the perp."

Save those unsubscribe links - We all know that they just use that info to create new lists, so try this -

When you can track down someone who benefits from the spam - the loan company , the drug outfit, whoever take THEIR email address and enter it in all the "unsubscribes" you have ! When their order address gets choked with hundreds of spam from the other spammers, they might take the hint !
25 posted on 10/21/2003 8:06:19 AM PDT by RS (nc)
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To: martin_fierro
Is Mailwasher for use only with Outlook (which I don't use for security reasons) or can you use it with other mail clients, like Eudora or Pegasus?

CA....

26 posted on 10/21/2003 8:33:57 AM PDT by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: Chances Are
I use Mailwasher "with" Eudora -- works just fine!

I say "with" because the two programs are actually separate:

I imagine this would be the same with Pegasus.
27 posted on 10/21/2003 8:51:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: logic101.net
Do enough people go for their stuff to make up for the time and trouble?

In fact, yes. Sending spam is so close to free that they only need one or two hits per 100,000 emails to pay for the whole shebang. The fact that it's nearly free isn't really a function of the magic of the Internet so much as it is a function of the fact that the recipient pays for it. Ugh.

28 posted on 10/21/2003 9:02:30 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Hang'emAll
Excellent source there.
29 posted on 10/21/2003 9:03:40 AM PDT by martin_fierro (A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: SpellingTroll
Actually I've been having some pretty good success with the unsub links. A lot of it depends on the "legitimacy" of the spam you're getting, anything smutty forget about it the unsub link is a trap if it does anything at all. Most of the spam I was getting was finance related (the curse of Monster.com, they sell your address so fast it's frightening) and a couple of days of hitting those unsub links has dropped my spam by about 75%.
30 posted on 10/21/2003 9:12:33 AM PDT by discostu (The Joan Wilder?!)
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To: logic101.net
The only remedy is to get a new email address periodically and inform only your personal friends and relatives.

Do not use it on the web, use a Yahoo address instead.


BUMP

31 posted on 10/21/2003 9:16:33 AM PDT by tm22721 (May the UN rest in peace)
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To: logic101.net
Block unwanted spam - CNET reviews
32 posted on 10/21/2003 9:26:54 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: logic101.net
Top Tip: Help, I'm drowning in spam!
33 posted on 10/21/2003 9:31:35 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: logic101.net
Six Spam Fighters Face Real-World Test
34 posted on 10/21/2003 9:38:06 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon (The mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work unless it's open.)
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To: RS
Yours is the best idea I've heard in a while (#25.) All the methods listed here and elsewhere are defensive. And none of them works! Why not go on the offensive? Everyone, including the lawmakers, talks about avoiding or punishing spammers, the hackers who send these e-mails; for some reason no one talks about penalizing their customers, the businesses selling these products and services, as if they were the innocent parties. What's up with that?
35 posted on 10/21/2003 9:47:04 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Far out, man!)
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To: RS; Revolting cat!
RS said: Save those unsubscribe links - . . . . take THEIR email address and enter it in all the "unsubscribes" you have !

That sounds like a good idea, but I'm not sure how often it will work and how often it may backfire.

Clicking on the link may automatically disclose a code to the spammer, the code effectively confirming to the spammer that your email address is valid and received the spam.

I've never clicked on an unsubscribe link except where it was an email list that I had signed up for and decided to cancel at a later time.

With those reputable companies, clicking on the link sometimes automatically unsubscribes you and pulls up a web page saying "you have unsubscribed from the XYZ Corp weekly sales email" or similar message. You don't even enter your email address. If spammers sometimes use a similar system as is likely, trying the suggested strategy may backfire.

36 posted on 10/21/2003 10:17:57 AM PDT by BillF (Support Our Troops http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/997137/posts)
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To: logic101.net
Hint #1: do NOT use "unsubscribe" links. All that does is tell the sender that there's a human at your IP address who'll answer e-mails, and you'll never get off that particular list. Delete without opening.
37 posted on 10/21/2003 10:19:06 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: RS
The problem with that is most of the time the return e-mail address is fake. They may send the junk through several servers to get to you. Also, quite often, the 'unsubscribe' link doesn't work at all - thats why I use Spam Cop to track them to their source and report their sorry a$$es to THEIR server.
38 posted on 10/21/2003 10:36:00 AM PDT by hardhead (Vast Right Wing Conspirator, Serial Number 565723890)
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To: logic101.net
Would someone please tell me why I keep getting this crap in my email? What is this language?

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39 posted on 10/21/2003 10:44:44 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (I have a plan. I need a dead monkey, empty liquor bottles and a vacuum cleaner.)
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To: logic101.net
For what it's worth, the best thing that you can do is to have both a private and (possibly more than one) public addresses...

First off, you can give out your private address to those you trust, who will not ever give that out or make it public. Be careful about sending it to family and friends, if they have a habit of forwarding jokes.

Then, create one or more "public" addresses. Create Yahoo or Hotmail accounts, and any time you have to give out an address, use one of those. Make it a "disposable" address, so if the spam gets out of hand, you just delete the address and create a new one. An added bonus is that these are web based mail systems, so you don't actually download messages to your computer, making things a bit more virus resistant.

If you ever post to discussion groups or blogs, be sure to either use a "dummy" address (like nobody@nowhere.com ) or use one of those disposable addresses.

For the most part, this works well for me. On the average, I get fewer than 3 spam messages a day to my "real" private address, while my public addresses typically get 20 or more a day. I don't think that I'd get any spam to my private address if it wasn't for using it normally a few years ago.

Mark
40 posted on 10/21/2003 11:01:28 AM PDT by MarkL (Chiefs 7-0! Who'd-a-thunk-it?!?!?!)
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To: logic101.net
I have tried creating mail rules, but they keep changing the spellings and punctuation, or use on and off caps to defeat this

The law needs to recognize the deliberate circumvention of anti-spam filters as a form of computer cracking, and apply the existing laws against this form of trespass.

As I recall, Kevin Mitnick got five years for this offense, even though Mitnick did far less actual damage than a typical spammer.

41 posted on 10/21/2003 11:06:31 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: logic101.net
Haven't tried this myself but a techie on tv the other day suggested the best way to beat spammers was to create an email name with a combination of numbers and letters i.e. "12ABC3". These type of email names are harder to get on lists.
42 posted on 10/21/2003 11:07:00 AM PDT by Republican Red (Karmic hugs welcomed!)
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To: Xenalyte
Hint #1: do NOT use "unsubscribe" links. All that does is tell the sender that there's a human at your IP address who'll answer e-mails, and you'll never get off that particular list. Delete without opening. -- Xenalyte

Another Hint #2: turn off or disable features in your email prefs that "allow network access" in case you have enabled "display complex HTML" option your email.
If you don't - the sender(s) still can get notified even if you are only scrolling through your messages.

43 posted on 10/21/2003 11:16:24 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: martin_fierro; logic101.net
Mailwasher works pretty well for a free utility, especially with heuristics set to "strong" and a good list of DNS Blacklist servers.

I've been using Mailwasher for several months.

1. The volume of spam has not abated.
2.  Many 'bounce' notifications come back because there is no legitimate email account being addressed.
      The bounce strategy is a waste of time on those who refer you to a website from a phony email account.
3.  Too often, I have failed to recognize a legitimate email, inadvertently blacklisting the sender and missing
     out on further emails.
4.  Mailwasher ties up your system while it does its thing.  Depending on how many bounces are being
     generated, this can take quite some time.
5.  I still use Mailwasher, but more from inertia than benefit.
44 posted on 10/21/2003 12:26:30 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: BillF
"Clicking on the link may automatically disclose a code to the spammer, the code effectively confirming to the spammer that your email address is valid and received the spam."

You're right - always view source first - you might be able to add their email in after something like ***.asp?email=
45 posted on 10/21/2003 12:40:58 PM PDT by RS (nc)
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To: hardhead
"Also, quite often, the 'unsubscribe' link doesn't work at all - thats why I use Spam Cop to track them to their source and report their sorry a$$es to THEIR server."


But sometimes it does and it makes me feel good...:-)

... and if you can track it to a weird domain add support@*** to your unsubscribe list....
46 posted on 10/21/2003 12:44:35 PM PDT by RS (nc)
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To: gcruse
1. The volume of spam has not abated.

Who's to say what it would have been had you NOT used MailWasher? I think there is just so much more of it coming, surely, the telemarketers must have seen the DoNotCall list coming, and have moved into spam.

2. Many 'bounce' notifications come back because there is no legitimate email account being addressed.

You get your bounces back? I don't seem to get too many. Yet. Anyway, what else can you do but attempt to bounce them, as if your email address were not valid?

3. Too often, I have failed to recognize a legitimate email, inadvertently blacklisting the sender and missing out on further emails.

I scan the Subject: line, I don't miss any legit emails that way. About all the false positives I get are from eBay sellers contacting me about winning an auction. Those are easy to pick up if you're looking at the subject line.

4. Mailwasher ties up your system while it does its thing. Depending on how many bounces are being generated, this can take quite some time

So does downloading spam into your email client. I usually begin an Internet session by opening MailWasher, then browsing a site while it works. The only nasty interruption I get is when Outlook Express loads up, that's because I've chosen to let MW automatically start OE after its done.

5. I still use Mailwasher, but more from inertia than benefit.

If someone came along with something markedly better, I might be persuaded to switch, but I haven't seen any such thing. All solutions are asked to deal with a steadily rising tide of spam, it's difficult to evaluate one product vs. another over time. I've been quite happy with MW, have used it for over a year, and it does what it says it will do, without messing up my computer in some other way, pretty good for a product that only wants a donation to pay for it.

The real solution to spam will come when ISPs all figure out a way to charge for email, since they bear the cost of bandwidth for all of this trash.

47 posted on 10/21/2003 1:02:23 PM PDT by hunter112
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I use a two-step approach. First I use Outlook Express's built in filter to delete all messages with sexual content or references to loans.

Then I get the header information (usually in the message properties) and forward that plus the message to abuse@ (my IP domain plus the ,usually faked, sender domain).
48 posted on 10/21/2003 1:10:14 PM PDT by js1138
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I have tried creating mail rules, but they keep changing the spellings and punctuation

Here is way that blocks upwards of 95% of spam in Outlook by setting up the rules below.

Rule 1 checks if a sender's address is in your address book. (Make sure that relatives, friends, and others who send email that you want to receive are in your address book.) If sender's email address is in your address book, rule 1 stops processing further rules.

Rule 2 checks for the real nasty words that are common in most porno spam or words or phrases that will never be in an email that you want to receive. (Some spam may evade this rule by the spelling tricks, but rule 4 will catch most.) It permanently deletes the email and stops processing more rules.

Rule 3 checks for sender's whose email address may change, but whose email you want to receive (i.e., sent from Amazon, your state Republican Party). Rule 3 just stops processing more rules.

Rule 4 checks message headers for "html or text/html or multipart/alternative or multipart/mixed." If the email does have such headers, it is most likely spam and you can set the rule to move it to your deleted files folder and stop processing further rules. This is the rule that should get 95 percent of the spam that use spelling tricks, etc. to get through rule 2.

Most spam will have at least one of the message headers and will be moved to your deleted file folders.

A stronger version of rule 4 can permanently delete all email with the listed headers, but might inadvertantly permanently delete email that you want to receive. By moving it to the deleted folder, you can quickly scan the sender's name of email in the deleted folder and "rescue" any email that you wanted to receive.

Importantly, you must have the rules work in order from 1 to 4 by moving rules up or down so that rules 1 to 4 are in order from top to bottom.

Rules 2 and 3 especially may require updating every now and again when a significant amount of spam is getting through.

It takes some effort, but above should help at least substantially reduce the problem.

49 posted on 10/21/2003 1:12:32 PM PDT by BillF (Support Our Troops http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/997137/posts)
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Mailwasher Bump.
50 posted on 10/21/2003 1:19:59 PM PDT by Grit (Tolerance for all but the intolerant...and those who tolerate intolerance etc etc)
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