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Sudden increase in volume of spam

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Sudden increase in volume of spam

The volume of spam to my account has increased dramatically in the last 2 - 3 days.
Is it me, or is it happening in general?

Kaz
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orrery
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

I've seen a massive increase over the last few months - a huge number of duplicates with very similar subjects.

regards, Ian
sandyfred
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Registered: 12-08-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

I have just been able to receive my Outlook Express mail, previously Server "Not Responding" in all I received over SIX THOUSAND Spam mail, anyone beat that?. :lol:
Pendragon
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Registered: 07-04-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

I don't think anyone can on the F9 forums, but a woman called penny on the 'Plusnet User Group' forums, was getting around 5,000 (yes five thousand) per a day.

In the end her mailbox was so jammed full the network guys from Plusnet had to close the mailbox and set up a new one so she could start from scratch.

There was a long thread over 5 pages with people trying to help her but to no avail, it was driving her round the twist.

Regards, Colin.
sandyfred
Dabbler
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Registered: 12-08-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

Thank you Colin, Yes, I am going to have to try something.
It's possible that the reason I couldn't get the mail on Outlook Express in the first place was that the amount was jamming things.

I have in the past had my main mail address put to a "Black Hole" but I messed things up with new Web mail addresses and couldn't get any mail at all for a long time.
Will try again, having a little more experience.
Pendragon
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Sudden increase in volume of spam

Hi sandyfred,

Some products that might help you and mentioned on the 'other' site are as follows;

Mailwasher, link to their site, http://www.mailwasher.net/

MailMaint , link to their site, http://www.magsys.co.uk/mailmaint/

Magic Mail Monitor, link to their site, http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/

Or if you want to bin (delete) everything in your mailbox then you can use this link;
For an f9 account http://usertools.force9.net/delmail/
WARNING: using this tool will delete ALL your mail (good or bad) in the mailbox, be warned.

Please note I have not used any of the above products but they are recommended by some of the forum members as both easy and in some cases free.

Have a look and see if any will help you.
Regards, Colin.
lorisarvendu
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Registered: 26-08-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

I work in an IT dept and we get lots of spam queries from staff. In general they are along the lines of "I get loads of spam in my mail, why can't you fix this?" and "Why do I get a lot when my friend gets none?"

After explaining to them where spam is generated from, and how spoofing works (you get spam mails from yourself, huh??!), we generally ask them a few more brief questions, just to get a feel of what kind of person they are, and the results are always fairly consistent. The most telling ones appears to be this:

"Do you regularly recieve Jokey and amusing emails from other people?"
"If so, do you forward them on?"

In almost every case, the spam victim answers yes to either or both of these questions. That's why you get spam, because a funny email with your email address somewhere down the line has been forwarded on and forwarded on, until eventually it ends up in the mailbox of someone infected with a mailer virus. Your mail address is now in the hands of the spammers, and will be passed around in mailing lists for money until Judgement Day.

As a control, anybody we ask who doesn't forward jokes on, always seems to get no spam.

The only answer is to change your email address and stop forwarding the sort of amusing mail that will just be forwarded on in turn.
A tortoise? What's that?
You know what a turtle is? Same thing.
sandyfred
Dabbler
Posts: 21
Registered: 12-08-2007

Sudden increase in volume of spam

Thank you wearehere and lorisarvendu,
I am now using SPAMfighter, (free), still getting the same amount but all that I block which is almost all I recieve on this address goes into a spam folder, I don't even bother to check it, just delete the lot a couple of times a day.

I don't myself forward on any mail but I do get them forwarded to me.
I realise as you say loris, that somewhere along the line my email address has been picked up and is on the spammers list for evermore.
Ohh well, so far this Spamfighter is proving ok. as long as I do download mail a few times a day to save them jamming up again.
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Sudden increase in volume of spam

Thank you "lorisarvendu" - somebody talking some sense on the subject for a change. I would go even further. There are 6 main reasons why people end up getting inundated with spam.

Despite indignent protestations to the contrary, most people who suffer from spam are guilty of at least one or more of the following:-

1. As "lorisarvendu" has already stated.
2. Visiting and downloading anything from sites that offer "Free" this that or the other (wallpaper etc.)
3. Downloading "hacked", "cracked" or pirate software/music/videos from Peer to Peer applications or "Warez" sites.
4. Visiting Porn sites.
5. Fail to invest in GOOD QUALITY AND CORRECTLY CONFIGURED! security hardware/software perimeter solutions.
6. Use a Windows operating platform to access the internet and e-mail, whilst relying on it's in-built firewall and so-called security measures.

Remember - you makes your bed, so ya gotta lay in it.
orrery
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Sudden increase in volume of spam

When registering on websites you can use a throwaway address provided by someone like:

www.e4ward.com

This allows you to instantly generate an address of the type:

dodgyringtones @ yourusername.e4ward.com

which will forward to your own email address. Thus, if you start to receive spam from anyone using the dodgyringtones address, you just delete it - and you also have a clue to who passed on your address!

regards, Ian
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I was just about to contact Force9 about the large increase of spam during the past couple of months, and more so during the past couple of weeks, when I received F9's warning letter this afternoon. I never open spam letters, deleting them immediately, however AutoPreview reveals that they are usually gobbledegook or adverts for Viagra etc., some commence with offensive language. It would be easy to place the obvious business names, touting for business, in a spam/junk folder and therefore block them from getting into my inbox. However, despite the increased volume I cannot recall seeing the same sender name twice for the gobbledegook and offensive spam mail, so the spam folder method is useless.
I am loath to change my email address as I have a wide circle of contacts & friends and am in the middle of a large, rather vital, project which entails much correspondence. I have just read about setting up an alias
and wonder if this would be suitable for me, I spend many hours at my computer but am not confident in interfering with changing a set up, I would be in a real mess if I gunged it up. I am also concerned for all these contacts and friends to whom I may have inadvertantly passed on this nuisance. I use Outlook at home but travel a lot and would hate to have to upload a new address book to F9 web mail. I would gratefully receive any advice as to my best course of action. n.b. my F9 'catch all' button is on and I have a good anti-virus programme.
Thanks, Meg
Pendragon
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Sudden increase in volume of spam

Hi Meg,

At least you are using Outlook and not Outlook Express so you do have some protection built in if you turn it on.

First please turn off the auto-preview mode on your inbox and any other folders you use often. Leaving auto-preview on is simply asking for trouble as simply opening the email in the preview window can trigger a virus or malware payload.

The rest of this message applies to Outlook 2003 it may or may not apply to your version.
With 2003 you can right click on any closed email and from the context menu do a number of things.
You can set up a ‘rule’ on how that mail and any like it can be dealt with on arrival at your inbox. For instance if you have the Spam filter turned on at Force 9 incoming suspect mail will marked [-SPAM-] so you can set up a rule that all mail arriving with this word in the subject line will be moved to your junk mail folder or deleted or moved to a folder you make yourself.

You can also turn the built in spam filter to ‘high’ which seems to grab most suspect mail on arrival.

There are a number of other options such as making a ‘safe sender’ list and only accepting mail from your contacts, so have a look at the options and see if something fits the bill.

You could also set up a new mailbox at Force 9 and put this into your account settings as the return address. That way your contacts will gradually change to using the new address and you can eventually either black-hole the old address or delete it and black-hole your catch-all address. You will find instructions on how to do this under the ‘Help and Support’ pages of the portal.

This will get you started and others will offer other suggestions, don’t do anything you are unsure of just pop back for more advice.

Regards, Colin