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Spam in pairs

OldCoggers
Dabbler
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎08-10-2007

Spam in pairs

I have experienced an increase in spam lately (I'm not on the Postini trial afaik) and am now receiving two copies of the same spam email. Address (not mine, just my random one that ends up in my general mailbox), subject, date & time stamp are all the same.
I've also received the same email in my personal inbox, despite having rules that should stop it. I'm using Thunderbird v2.0.0.9
Any ideas whether this is a Plusnet thing, a problem with Thunderbird or something else?
Cheers
Phill
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Registered: ‎10-04-2007

Re: Spam in pairs

In the headers look at the Envelope-to line - are they different?
If so one of them will be to an address that does not show up in to To: or the CC: lines. This will have been sent to the Envelope-to address as a BCC.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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OldCoggers
Dabbler
Posts: 22
Registered: ‎08-10-2007

Re: Spam in pairs

Thanks for the quick response.
The email that got through to my real mailbox had my address in the Envelope-to line, although it displayed the random address in the email itself. The emails that were picked up by the general mailbox had D25C9@xxxx.xxx and sycphop@xxxx.xxx in their Envelope-to headers.
All the emails showed the D25C9 name as the sender.
I guess that means that Thunderbird is working correctly  Undecided but I'm still not sure whether they should be caught by Plusnet or not.
Cheers
Phill
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Re: Spam in pairs

Pretty standard spammers tricks (sawn off shotgun to hit as wide an area as possible rather than a rifle with a telescopic site!).
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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puddy
Grafter
Posts: 1,571
Registered: ‎10-06-2007

Re: Spam in pairs

Quote from: PJ
Are you aware that you can switch off the "catch-all" mailbox meaning that only mail to mailboxes or aliases you have created is delivered.
This should significantly reduce this type of spam on your account.

I have switched off catch all and I am on the postini trial and I am getting more spam than ever some sent in blocks of 6 to 7 last night I had 150 spam mail
puddy
puddy
Grafter
Posts: 1,571
Registered: ‎10-06-2007

Re: Spam in pairs

if I switch it on I get no mail at all
puddy
ps get loads of rubbish @hostedname.co.uk
puddy
Grafter
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Registered: ‎10-06-2007

Re: Spam in pairs

how do I get to see my headers? they don't show up in my mail  I am using outlook office 2007
puddy
ps just checked my settings catch all is switched on sorry
I have a hosted e-mail address is this causing the problem?  Its hosted with plusnet and my e-mail account is payg but I piggy back my mrs account
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Re: Spam in pairs

If it's the same as Outlook 2003 - from the View menu select Options.
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
   Why I have left Plusnet (warning: long post!)   
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