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Paddy
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« on: March 05, 2005, 01:02:47 PM »

Anybody else getting email spam?  Every freaking time I open my mailbox there are a couple of dozen junk spam emails in there.  Today I got 15 from the same sender.  Got ticked off and replied with as much vulgarity as I could think of, accompanied by threats of death and bodily harm.

How do you deal with spam?
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Paddy
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2005, 01:10:12 PM »

Apparently, I can't even insult and threaten them.  Here's what came back:

Unable to deliver message to the following address(es).

:
67.28.114.36 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 553 VS10-RT Possible forgery or deactivated due to abuse (#5.1.1)
Giving up on 67.28.114.36.

and

Unable to deliver message to the following address(es).

:
65.39.166.109 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 550 5.1.1 User unknown; rejecting
Giving up on 65.39.166.109.

That ticks me off.  :x  :evil:  rolleyes
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2005, 01:15:17 PM »

Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam

I love it.

Spam and eggs, Yum!

 Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2005, 01:21:23 PM »

My understanding is that one should never respond to spam -- you're just confirming that your email address is valid.
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2005, 01:24:35 PM »

Uh, the sender is always forged in spam.  Keep that in mind when shooting off threats/vulgarity.

Develop a good filter and move on.  Unless you're a drug addict, you can probably consign any emails with the words "vicodin" or "cialis" (or permutations thereof, to wit:  "vcoidin" and "ci@lis") to your trash folder.
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Paddy
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2005, 01:30:10 PM »

Well, doh!  Of course they go immediately in the trash.  I've had with these lowlifes.  They deserve the death penalty.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2005, 01:32:51 PM »

as un-geeky as possible, the 'sender' of spam almost never resolves to an actual email address. they spoof them, mask them, do everything possible to make them untracable.

i get emails that appear to be coming from my domain but arent. i get emails that appear to be sent to me, but in the properties of the message reveal they are supposed to be going to some other addy but my name is put there instead.

never open spam mail. if you use outlook express, you are pretty much doomed as it 'previews' messages and i have not found a way yet to disable that feature.
i use the regular outlook, and have 'preview' turned off. any messages taht i cannot tell by looking at the subject or from are spam, i right click, and choose 'options'. i can see the nitty gritty of it and find out if its actually work related and safe to open.

i get at least 100 messages every day that go straight to my trashbin.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2005, 01:33:22 PM »

What email program do you use?  You should be able to set up a filter or rule, so that any email that meets certain criteria (ie, contains "vicodin," etc) is deleted without even being seen by you.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2005, 01:40:12 PM »

that won't work. deleting spam takes up a good half hour of my day. a half hour i'd have to spend actually working. or in my case, i'd have to pretend to look busy for another half hour of the day.
 :twisted:
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2005, 01:40:16 PM »

May I suggest an option.  I have used Forte Agent for years - it is one to purchase but not expensive.  It is geared to substantial newsgroup useage but that is pretty much use it or don't bother.  The email is all text/ASCII only and it does nothing unless you choose, re attachments etc.  It takes a bit of getting around at first but is IMO way safer than Microsoft.

Main thing IMO is - avoid any email clients which run html - IMO way too vulnerable.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2005, 01:55:31 PM »

Spam?  

Best consumed fried...with as many added spices, sandwich bread and cheeses as possible...after a heavy night of drinking...when nothing else is available. :twisted:
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2005, 01:58:20 PM »

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Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam
 SHUUTTTUPP!!!!  Freaking Vikings...  cheesy

Yea, I get the stuff every day, at home, in my trash email account, at work.  The stuff is endemic to the Internet.  My ISP has a decent spam filter, keeps MOST of the junk out.

Don't use Outlook.  Use another application.  For personal mail, I like PMMail 2000.
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2005, 02:35:26 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2005, 02:48:29 PM »

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never open spam mail. if you use outlook express, you are pretty much doomed as it 'previews' messages and i have not found a way yet to disable that feature.


Spiffster:

In Outlook Express:

View ->Layout -> unclick "Show Preview Pane"




Love, James
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Paddy
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2005, 04:01:44 AM »

I use Mozilla Thunderbird, and will check out its filtering capabilities.  In the meantime, I've sent complaints to SBC, my ISP.
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2005, 05:10:03 AM »

Our ISP filters about 300 a day from us, about 5 get thru

WildfactoflifeintheelectronicageAlaska
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I'm just a condescending, supercilious,  pompous ass .But then again, my opinion is as irrelevant as yours, and keep in mind kids, it's only the internet! If I bug ya that much, ignore me. Anyway, need something? Call me at 800/992-4570.
?If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers?

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Paddy
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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2005, 07:55:41 AM »

You gotta ask yourself 'WWUJD'?  What would Uncle Joe do?  Execute several spammers in the public square every day until the problem resolved itself.

fiveyearplanorgreatterror?
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« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2005, 12:25:09 PM »

I currently have aol.

With aol's spam filter, it allows all mail from people on your address book, but blocks all other mail that contains certain words that you specify.

Over the past year I have compiled a lengthy list of words that work very well.  Each time I get a spam email, I choose three words from its title and add them to the list.  It works so well that only about 5 spam emails come to my mailbox per month now.

Because of the nature of some of the words, I will not post them here.  But if anyone has aol or an ISP that uses a similar setup, pm me and I'll reply with the list for you to use.
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Paddy
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« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2005, 12:33:11 PM »

I just discovered that Mozilla Thunderbird has a filter that can 'learn'.  It's necessary to tag each incoming message as 'junk' or 'not junk' to 'train' Thunderbird.  I'll try that for awhile and see what happens.
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« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2005, 02:05:12 PM »

Simple solution.  Get a free email account.  Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.  Get a real e-mail account.  Use the free for signing up for stuff, giving out to people you don;'t really know, etc.  Check it once a week for anything important.

Keep the real one for work, family, mail that needs to get through, etc.

A lot of spam comes from signing up for stuff.  Some comes from random guessing email addresses (e.g., starting at a@a.com and sending to everyone to zzzzzzzz@zzzzzzzz.com).  If you reply, you name goes on a list sometimes, that you are an active target.  Don't reply.
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