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At wits end: email barrage (with nonsense subject lines). Is there any way to stop this?
Thread poster: slabejka
slabejka
Local time: 20:56
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Oct 19, 2006

I know this has been a topic here before but I am at wits end. About a month ago I started receiving an occasional mail (the same one) about a "stock alert". Recently, I have been receiving these mails at the rate of about 8-10 per day. They all have pretty much the same message, but with varying fonts and font colors and initial wording. They come from bizarre addresses, apparently from worldwide servers, and now this has expanded to other types of messages as well, but in any case the text always refers to some sort of stock alert. The subject line is always something stupid, like "barbaric typos" or some other nonsense. They obviously don't have the characteristics of spam or junk mail because even though I have my settings at the highest level of alert for these types of messages, they keep coming. I also have SMS alert for emails and I have no way to filter the SMS's at the conent level (only subject line or sender) so I am having to pay for oogles of SMS notifications for pure junk. IS THERE ANY WAY TO STOP THIS??? HELP!

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Patricia Lane  Identity Verified
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me too Oct 19, 2006

and viagra, weight loss, etc... mails by the dozen. email filters are pointless.

and as i zap 'em it seems my email address or variants thereof get hijacked although my computer is spit shine clean and gets a check up daily.....

sorry i can't help but i sure sympathize!

patricia


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Your email address Oct 19, 2006

has got included in some spammers' databases, nothing to do here except to use some spam filters. I use Eudora's inbuilt - teachable spam filter with very good results- as to the moment only some five spams a day make through, other 300 - 400 are filtered into "Junk" mailbox. I check it often, but it is very easy- any non-spam message just stands out

OTOH, few days ago I read that Mozilla is taking over Eudora and Eudora probably from some time in the first half of the next year will be free- so maybe not a good idea to buy it now (they are selling now at a discount rate- or so I heard).

Uldis

Patricia Lane wrote:

and viagra, weight loss, etc... mails by the dozen. email filters are pointless.

and as i zap 'em it seems my email address or variants thereof get hijacked although my computer is spit shine clean and gets a check up daily.....

sorry i can't help but i sure sympathize!

patricia


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lexical  Identity Verified
Spain
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two comments Oct 19, 2006

1. I too was plagued by strange spam-like e-mails on one of my e-mail boxes this year, but eventually they stopped. Meanwhile, I just deleted everything I didn't recognise without opening it. Be patient and it may go away, as the spammer gets taken down by his ISP or something.

2. I too was annoyed that I was paying 15 euro cents per SMS to be notified of these, then I installed a free, neat little program called Pop Peeper (find it on Google) that alerts me instantly to incoming e-mails, and I don't have to pay for SMS alerts.

Good luck.


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Rebecca Hendry  Identity Verified
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If you use Outlook... Oct 19, 2006

I have recently been receiving a lot of spam emails to my work email account (my personal hotmail account has been receiving them for ages and the hotmail spam filter is far from perfect). I installed SpamBayes a while ago and have been quite pleased with the results. This is a free plugin for Microsoft Outlook (and I think Outlook Express too) - you train the programme to recognise spam messages which it then sends to a specially created "Junk Suspects" folder. You can then check the junk folder occasionally to make sure no non-spam messages have slipped through by mistake.

You can download it here - http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/

My current favourite subject lines are:

bread
gregarious
cologne freshen
unsettled malady

Good luck!

Becky.


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Angeliki Papadopoulou  Identity Verified
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I get them too! Oct 19, 2006

They slip past the spam filters because each one is from a different (and goofy) e-mail address. I don't get alerts on my mobie - never got into that - so I just delete them - sorry I can't help either, I too feel for you. Maybe they'll get tired and just go away! (Here's hoping!)

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Thunderbird is good Oct 19, 2006

Thunderbird has junk mail controls (marking messages as junk teaches it to recognise and delete junk itself after a while) and message filters (can filter not only addresses and subjects, but also specified words in messages), and a combination of these works well for me.
For some weeks now I have been suffering from an annoying variation of this. The part of my email address after the @ is used with various other names before the @ to send spam to servers which block them and return them to me. My ISP could not do anything about it, so I have got round the problem by setting up a message filter for as many form of undelivered mail returns as I can find, so they are all junked. The only disadvantage of this is that if I genuinely send a message which cannot be delivered, I may miss the genuine non-delivery notification among all the junk.


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Patricia Lane  Identity Verified
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Thanks Rebecca Oct 19, 2006

I am going to try that plug in, sounds pretty good!!

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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Worst time was 2004 Oct 19, 2006

Now I get spam only some 10 daily. My thunderbird filters most of it, but passes the right ones through, only occasionally some job offer goes to the junkbox.
But I removed all occasions of my mail address from the net and replaced them by graphics.

Regards
Heinrich


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Refugio
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Mozilla Firefox Oct 19, 2006

Since I stopped using Internet Explorer and started using Mozilla Firefox, that problem has gone away. It may be a coincidence?

http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/switch.html

[Editado a las 2006-10-19 23:53]


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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
Italy
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The new version of Pegasus (v4.41)... Oct 20, 2006

Rebecca Hendry wrote:

I have recently been receiving a lot of spam emails to my work email account (my personal hotmail account has been receiving them for ages and the hotmail spam filter is far from perfect). I installed SpamBayes a while ago and have been quite pleased with the results.



...also has a Bayesian filter incorporated into the program:

http://www.pmail.com/v441.htm


My current favourite subject lines are:

bread
gregarious
cologne freshen
unsettled malady



The randomly generated sender's names are fascinating, too. I was very tempted to open one from the darkly mysterious "Lakeisha Manygoats".

Cheers,

Giles


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Saskia Steur  Identity Verified
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mailwasher Oct 20, 2006

I use mailwasher to siff through those nonsense emails and bounce them. the do eventually disappear, although not completely.
I agree that it's a nuisance....

http://www.mailwasher.net/

best regards,
Saskia


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Sarah Brenchley  Identity Verified
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Create a rule Oct 20, 2006

I use OUTLOOK so I set up a rule so that any message which did not contain certain words in the text would be sent to outbox.
My list of words is something like: Dear, Hi, Hello, Hola, Sarah, Saludos, wishes, etc. and it makes it easier to check through messages in the outbox for elimination.
Occasionally messages do slip through but most of my clients, friends, etc. always put my name somewhere in the message so it seems to work.


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Derek Gill Franßen  Identity Verified
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Setting up rules doesn't seem to help (much) Oct 20, 2006

Sarah Brenchley wrote:

I use OUTLOOK so I set up a rule so that any message which did not contain certain words in the text would be sent to outbox.
My list of words is something like: Dear, Hi, Hello, Hola, Sarah, Saludos, wishes, etc. and it makes it easier to check through messages in the outbox for elimination.
Occasionally messages do slip through but most of my clients, friends, etc. always put my name somewhere in the message so it seems to work.


I admit not having tried this specific rule, but in addition to flagging an ever growing list of words, I also create separate rules blocking each and every address that ever sends me spam: IT DOESN'T HELP.

I get about 150 spam messages a day, and it's getting worse. I have to have my e-mail address available on the Net for advertising purposes, so I guess there's not much I can do. Even if I set up a rule for a specific sender, they just send 10 messages at the same time so that Outlook can't catch them all—at least one always manages to get through!

Plus Outlook can't set up a rule for an e-mail sent from nobody, i.e., there is no sender, which is another trick they use. I wouldn't really care, but it takes time to set up the rules, and I am almost positive that I have missed (possibly important) messages because they get sorted into junkmail.

I, for one, don't find it that easy to recognize non-junkmail among 150 messages. And I certainly hate having to do it every day! I wish there was more that could be done about spam: The total cost in workhours wasted must be staggering.

[Edited at 2006-10-20 11:53]


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slabejka
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Many thanks Oct 20, 2006

Thanks to all for your comments and advice. I will try probably all of the suggestions and try to live on without going totally insane over this nightmare. I guess there are worse things And it sounds like my measly few spams are nothing compared to the quantity that some of you get!

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