Bombarded by Porn !!!

  JonnieBoy 21:17 10 May 2004
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I've been away for a few days and on my return last Friday, found literally dozens of porn e-mails (all virtually the same but from different addresses) sat in my anti-spam folder (i use norton).

Have had this problem before but nothing for months, am careful regarding the distribution of my e-mail addy.

Whilst the filter is v good at isolating them, is there any way at all to prevent them getting to my e-mail system. Getting about 100 of these a day at the moment.

  Mister Splendid 21:22 10 May 2004

If possible, change your email address.

  spuds 21:27 10 May 2004

Your ISP may have a filtering system at their server end. Contact them,and find out.You may find that it is similar to something like the Tiscali one, which is an additional package. Tiscali charge £9.99 per year for the full package, which consist of AntiVirus,AntiSpam and extra storage space.

  QuickHare 21:39 10 May 2004

Email addresses: The addresses these "spam" come from change each time, and each time they are faked. This is to stop them being traced. Therefore, no anti-spam software (used by you or your email provider) can block out the addresses the spam comes from.

Subject: These can be caught to a certain extent, but use clever tricks to help them get through. Replacing letters with numbers or mis-spelling words to fool the anti-spam program to missing them. They also like to mimic phrases used by many, ordinary emails. Therefore, it is too difficult to stop them coming through, but some are found and removed.

Content: Anti-spam programs can look through the message itself to see if it contains a high proportion of words and phrases used by spammers and adverts. However, I once sent an email message which resembled an advert, but was a bone fide piece of email. At the time, it didn't look like an advert. This means that some legitimate email can also be caught.

The best thing to do is to send all email to a "junk folder". Most email providers give a folder, or you may be able to create one. Then, using filters and rules, you can move emails from people you know only to either to or from this folder. This does mean that other emails you were expecting but weren't from 'known' people will be filtered out, too. If the spam is contained, then at least yo can delete it all en masse.

But as Mister Splendid suggested, I'd just open a new account and tell people of the new one instead.

  JonnieBoy 21:54 10 May 2004

Pretty much what i figured - just wondering if there was a trick i didn't know.

strange how it suddenly appears after more than 6 months without a problem.

looks like a new addy for friends/family only and keep the filter turned on for the other one.

Thanks for your help.

John

  QuickHare 22:00 10 May 2004

I could have been you put your address on a website (even a harmless one), and it was scanned by a program whose job it is to find email addresses on web pages. Guestbooks are the main target, as are newsgroups.

Once you get caught by one of these programs, you are added to a list. From here, your address is sold, passed on and bombarded. This is one reason I

a) mask my address by replacing punctuation with words (such as "at" for @) and adding bits in a human can see to take out.

b) ask for friends to shove me on the BCC field of chain emails so I don't show up when they get passed on.

c) never sign a guestbook. I'll email the owner directly if I like the site.

All good practises, but trust me - everyone has tips to follow.

  georgemac 22:09 10 May 2004

click here filterspam can automatically filter out all the junk without you even seeing it - you have to register and it's free (at the moment anyway) and make some changes to outlook or outlook express settings. Once it's set up it works great - well it has for me - I was getting over 50 junk mails a day - it is now filtering them all out for me.

  Beann Syrup 22:32 10 May 2004

I've been getting these too. Slowed down for a while but since changing to BT Yahoo I'm getting at least 250 a day. I was away last weekend and when I came back there was over 500 of them.
In each day there is only about one or two addressed to me the rest do not and some have no resemblence to my e-mail address.

I have informed BT Yahoo several times and threatened to change my ISP (would be a nusiance) but I haven't had a reply.

  billyliv 00:17 11 May 2004

Hi, If I were to get as many as that, I would be questioning? who is using my computer? and what are they accessing?. Cheers, Bill

  end 00:23 11 May 2004

Can YOU take a look at click here; can you offer any "guidance", assuming you have the thing working OK for YOU???Its driving me NUTS.....!!!

  anniecat 02:43 11 May 2004

I agree entirely with georgemac TOP NOTCH works like a dream I haven't seen 1 spam in my outlook express inbox since I signed up.. FANTASTIC.. you need to check the web account spam folder though for a little while just to make sure any mail you want doesn't get mistaken as spam put you just unblock any you want, make sure it's been added to the "Good" filter.

They mail you regarding any they aren't sure about and auto delete the spam after 7 days. Once you got your "good" list completed you will never have to see another spam. EVER !!!!! Honest

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