Inundated with porn emails in OE.

  Miss Happy 12:23 05 Jan 2003
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  Miss Happy 12:23 05 Jan 2003

Since December, 2002, my OE inbox has been inundated with porn emails. My ISP has informed me they originate from the US. I have never had this problem before and wonder if anyone else has noticed the same happening to them recently? I have opened none, but sent the header details to the appropriate abuse departments. These sites are trading in human flesh. The subject and senders email address changes each time, this makes it almost impossible to block them. I will try 'Create Rule from Message', but will have to wait for replies from abusing servers or the replies will be stopped if they include any detail. Does anyone know if the 'Create...' works?

  PurplePenny 12:47 05 Jan 2003

There does seem to have been an explosion of them. I used to get a few at work and none at home. In the last few weeks I've been wasting an awful lot of time at work hitting the delete key. Now I'm getting them at home too - time for some filtering software methinks.

Mostly I just delete them - I don't find porn spam any more (or less!!) annoying than HGH, my-son-made-$16,000 or help-me-get-this-money-out-of-Nigeria. But animal porn and those claiming to show rape and incest get sent to [email protected]

Our IT department says that it is very difficult to filter the spam out .... but I know of plenty of other workplaces and individuals that do it successfully .... but then our IT department only started to virus scan incoming e-mails a few weeks ago ... after catching BugBear :-(

PurplePenny

  brianthesnail 13:01 05 Jan 2003

Try this: In OE. Tools, Message Rules, Mail and look at the selection of available rules for your personal modification such as:
"Apply this rule after the message arrives
Where the To line contains 'brian'
or Where the CC line contains 'brian'
Stop processing more rules"

Together with:

"Apply this rule after the message arrives
For all messages
Move it to the Spam bucket folder"

This will ensure that all mail that doesn't contain your name (substitute "brian" for your own name - first name or full name or moniker - in the above) will go into a folder called Spam Bucket for you to deal with as you wish. You can use the term "delete" instead of Spam bucket but this could result in wanted mail being deleted.

You will, of course need to create a folder caleed "Spam bucket" or whatever you want to call it in OE before this will work.

Brian

  brianthesnail 13:03 05 Jan 2003

caleed?!?! called! Sorry

Brian

  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:07 05 Jan 2003

Filtering does not really work as the senders use alpha-numerical addresses that can change hourly/daily.Try blocking the addresses as this may help. Using the delete button is the best option.

There are one or two ISPs that are providing their own filtering and I'm sure someone will post their names as I cannot remember who they are. Sending them to abuse at your ISP may help but they have zippo chance of stopping them as the accounts are usually anonymous or in god-forsaken places that need the $$$$$$$$$, like some of the Russian 'free' states.


'but then our IT department only started to virus scan incoming e-mails a few weeks ago ... after catching BugBear'....personally I would have sacked the lot of the slackers and got someone in that knows what they are doing. One despairs.

G

  colberly 13:12 05 Jan 2003

At the moment there does seem to be a spate of porn e mails. Where I used to get maybe a couple infrequently, these last few weeks I can't count the number that I have had. I either just delete without opening or send them to the abuse dept of my ISP. Hopefully things will quieten down again now the Hols are over.

  Eagle Eyed Cherry 13:13 05 Jan 2003

Have you tried click here
It lets you blacklist,bounce back to server and ignore e-mails.
It's free as well........

  brianthesnail 13:15 05 Jan 2003

BT have a spam filtering service but even so, some still gets through occasionally.

The filtering I suggested was using your own name, not that of the sender to sort your mail out. Anything that doesn't have your name of moniker on it will not get into your inbox. Not infallible but much better than blocking of filtering their names.

Brian

  Chris the Ancient 13:19 05 Jan 2003

This is a favourite point of discussion at times. Making any form of response to the spam - even "unsubscribe" - lets them know they've found a valid address.

Also mentioned frequently is a mail "filter" called Mailwasher from click here. This is a shareware program (but free if you really want) that allows a user to see mail and its headers on the server, prior to downloading. Then, if you want, the mail can be bounced at the ISP - which makes the sender think that the address is invalid. However, the user does have total control over all the happenings.

Since I started using Mailwasher, my incidence of spam is gradually going down as these less that desirable sites think that my address has "died".

HTH

Chris

  Miss Happy 15:03 05 Jan 2003

I will follow advice given here. I never 'unsubscribe' for obvious reasons,
Thanks.

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