Fraud e-mails
Thread poster: englishhindi

Local time: 21:35
English to Hindi
Jul 17, 2006

I am tired of getting e-mail messages telling that my e-mail id has won a lottery. I know this is all fraud, but how to get rid of the problem? Is there anybody else too, getting simillar problem?


Astrid Elke Witte  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:05
Member (2002)
German to English
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Check with your ISP what can be done Jul 17, 2006

With my ISP it is possible to use filters. Two lists are possible: positive and negative filters. In negative filters you can list e-mail addresses that you do not want to receive e-mails from. However, in the case of spam, that could be anything. If you use the positive list, you list everyone you would like to get e-mails from and you can tick a box to have ALL other e-mails withheld and deleted. I think possibly some companies do something like this, but it is a lot of work to set up. You would, for example, have to include in the positive list all possible agencies in your own country (at least) who might one day try to send you work. You would also not be able to freely give out that e-mail address, without including the person you gave it to in your positive list.

If you have the option to set up these filters, you could keep an e-mail address strictly for business, and give out another e-mail address to everyone else. Then, at your business e-mail address, you would only get business e-mails, i.e. e-mails from exclusively those addresses you have listed.

Hope you can set up something like this.


[Edited at 2006-07-17 21:16]


Jeremy Smith  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 17:05
French to English
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You, me and everybody else with an e-mail address Jul 18, 2006

englishhindi wrote:

I am tired of getting e-mail messages telling that my e-mail id has won a lottery. I know this is all fraud, but how to get rid of the problem? Is there anybody else too, getting simillar problem?

Everybody has this problem. As suggested above, set up e-mail filters.

Mozilla Thunderbird is a good (and free) e-mail programme that learns to recognise spam and filters unwanted messages automatically.


Hester Eymers  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:05
Member (2005)
English to Dutch
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Switch provider? Jul 18, 2006

As Jeremy said, everyone has this problem. I have a provider which offers a spam and virus filter: I don't even receive those fraud e-mails anymore. Very handy!


United States
Local time: 12:05
French to English
In the United States Jul 18, 2006

they can be forwarded to That will not stop the emails, but it will at least allow the FTC to track them.

However, I see you are in India, so this may not apply to you. I do agree with the suggestion of switching providers, as some are very good at filtering spam. Or, before you do that, see what your current provider offers in the way of filters.

Good luck.


Local time: 21:35
English to Hindi
thank you so much Jul 18, 2006

Hi Everybody,Thank you so much for such a quick, valuable global response. I hope to get out of this trouble very soon with your precious suggestions.


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