Pornographic emails

  SDJ 18:42 07 Mar 2003

My mother called me up last night as she was horrified that whilst checking her email, pronographic emails had been sent to her.

Now I realise that the only way to stop this is to unsubscribe to the various websites (which should have a link at the base of the email) but does parental control software do anything to disguise of delete emails of this nature?

Thanks in advance

  Andsome 18:49 07 Mar 2003

DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE whatever you do. this will confirm to the spammers that they have found a live e-mail account. Pop round to see her with this months cover CD from PCA and install Spam pal, its a great little program.

Set it up so that all suspected spam goes into a spam folder. She can have a quick look in there from time to time and and only read the ones that she know. These accounts can then be put into a white list and e-mails from them will be allowed through in future. Any which are obviously spam can be deleted without looking at them. If all e-mails in the folder are obviously spam, just click control and A simultaneously to select all and press delete.

  watchful 18:49 07 Mar 2003

There are a few suggestions here:click here

  AndyJ 18:50 07 Mar 2003

Unfortunately, pornographic spam is extremely clever at bypassing most methods of blocking it. However, never click the unsubscribe links at the bottom of these emails. All it does is confirm that their spam has reached an active email address and you're likely to receive even more.

The best thing to do is just delete them. I understand there is a method of fooling them into thinking the email address is inactive, but I can't remember how to do it at the moments. Maybe someone else can.

  leo49 18:52 07 Mar 2003

The worst thing you could have told her was to click on the unsubscribe link - that won't stop them but encourage them and will only confirm the address is a live active one and more mails will follow.

  Andsome 18:59 07 Mar 2003

DON'T BE A NAUGHTY BOY. Do as you are told and take Spam Pal round to her now. IT WORKS A TREAT, believe me. Sh will give you a rise in your pocket money.

  Ironman556 18:59 07 Mar 2003

Mailwasher from click here is what I use, it allows you to view your emails before downloading and will attempt to bounce them if they're junk so it doesn't look like you've recieved them.

If you're using Outlook, then go to options, preferences tab, email options, advanced, and disable all the read reciepts and select to never send one. This will mean that if an email is read, it won't send back a reply to say it has been. It's another way of spammers knowing you've read the mail.

If you havn't already it's generally a good idea to disable the preview pane too, this'll stop the emails being opened immidiately if they're downloaded, and can help to stop virus' (virii?) too.


  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:03 07 Mar 2003

Take the advice above and use one of the applications to 'vet' the mail. This is as much as you can do as the emails, even though some may find them offensive/unsavoury, are not illegal in the UK.


  hoverman 19:04 07 Mar 2003

I would fully endorse Ironman556's suggestion to use Mailwasher.

  curly 19:35 07 Mar 2003

But is it possible to stop such emails if you are an AOL member?

  SDJ 19:57 07 Mar 2003

Thanks a million you guys, I was away having my dinner.
I havent told her to click on the unsubscribe as yet and was very very hesitant to do so which is why I started this thread.
Thanks very much for your suggestions.
Andsome; im a little to old to be getting pocket money these days but ill do as you said. Im interested in what you were implying when you said "DONT BE A NAUGHTY BOY" though?

Thanks again, I dont normally have trouble with spam email but seeing as I have the BB connection I might aswell download something for myself and my parents.

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