Misaddressed spam

  Hamish I 20:04 03 Dec 2003
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I regularly receive five or six messages a day which are not addressed to me, making various pornographic suggestions. If the address was correct, I could understand it, but can anyone explain how it is that my ISP transmits them to me? If I send an email, the address has to be correct in every detail. The senders' names are always different,although there is only a small number of different messages. I don't see how normal blocking procedures would work. It's easy enough to delete them, but it puzzles me how they get through in the first place.

  Diodorus Siculus 20:11 03 Dec 2003

Emails can be sent using BCC - blind carbon copy so the recipient gets it but does not know who else may get it.

  Jester2K II 20:31 03 Dec 2003

If you address is firstname . lastname @ isp . com then ANY e-mail addressed to ANYTHING . lastname @ isp . com will come to you.

Else i can't see why you'd get e-mail addressed to an incorrect address...

  Diodorus Siculus 20:40 03 Dec 2003

Jester2K II says:

"i can't see why you'd get e-mail addressed to an incorrect address"

If I were to email you with my address in the "to" field, and yours in the "BCC" field, you would get it even though it seems to be misaddressed.

  Jester2K II 20:42 03 Dec 2003

Sorry i see. I was under the impression Hamish I's (my dogs name) e-mail address was something like

hamish @ isp .com

and they were coming through to

hamishhhh @ isp .com

  Diodorus Siculus 21:02 03 Dec 2003

No need to be sorry - lots are in the category you described.

Hamish I - have a look at mailwasher which will delete spam for you from your server before it gets onto your PC.

  Hamish I 20:46 04 Dec 2003

My address is (not the real one) :"Something@ISP.etc", but the messages are to names starting with "Some", and my correct name doesn't figure. I don't know how mailwasher would help here, if my ISP doesn't.

  john-232317 20:58 04 Dec 2003

I get the same fron virgin,

John . second name@virgin....i get emails for jim james, jerry etc.

I also get john smith, john bloggs etc, some 70 a day, all from usa.

  Indigo 1 22:09 04 Dec 2003

Try sending them to your isp ... abuse@yourispaddress usually works.

  VoG II 22:17 04 Dec 2003

Mailwasher click here will allow you to delete them off the server without having to download or read them. Obviously, it cannot stop them being sent.

  john-232317 12:02 05 Dec 2003

Indigo 1...Yeah i`ve done all that,gone into properties and copied and pasted all the info and sent them to virgin, total waste of time.

VoG....used mailwasher for about 2 months thinking if i kept blocking then i would eventually slow the flood, but no such luck, they just change their addresses.

I don't use the account anymore and at the moment it is blocked with 2420 spam emails, which i am going to leave in to stop anymore arriving.I cant close the account as i have let someone else in the UK take over my Gymnastic Website on my free space as i now live in Spain, and i am no longer involved. I suppose i will have to clear some and send some on the account in case they think its not used and close it.

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