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SPOOF SPOOF SPOOF SPOOF

That's about the simplest way I can describe Plusnet's e-mail service. I get tons and tons every day. My E-mail address appears to be a free call-girl to all spammers and spoofers. Seems the relay technique has a massive drawback. I'm now actually getting crappy and sometimes threatening E-mail from other users over my sending them SPAM mail. I try to tell them it's not me, that my Plusnet address has been, along with countless others, hijacked and spoofed. Seems there's no real way around this apart from put up with the abuse, the threataning mails, the clogged e-mail boxes, until finally ISPS ban any mail that originates from plusnet's servers.

Is anything being actioned over this I wonder.
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Hi,
I cannot believe the amount of spam I have received recently, out of 175 messages 170 were spam, that was over a 4 day period , despite installing MacAfee 'Spam Killer'

Any ideas ?Huh
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SPAM

For the past few weeks the amount of SPAM I have received relative to solicted email has gone to the ratio 25 to 1!

There has to be an reason for this, is it just a trend or something else?

Suggestions anyone?
oliverb
Grafter
Posts: 606
Registered: 02-08-2007

SPAM

I've seen some severe floods of this stuff before. Got it bad last year for a month until it faded out. Mostly you just have to sit through it and it seems to fade eventually. I would guess that spammers know that if they spoof the same domain for too long they can be identified by it.
csogilvie
Grafter
Posts: 5,852
Registered: 04-04-2007

SPAM

I'm getting the same to non-PlusNet email addresses as well, unfortunately Sad
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367 spam e-mails today aarrrrgh

Most of them on a domain that I transferred in to my pn account in this format:-

{anything but my normal addresses}@{transferred in domain name}.info

Any clever way I can block them/send to a black hole ?
csogilvie
Grafter
Posts: 5,852
Registered: 04-04-2007

SPAM

Set up a mailbox/redirect for all the addresses you use and ask PlusNet to Blackhole the catch-all.
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Sounds good...

So if my main account is cookuk and I only want to get emails for matt@cookuk.plus.com...


Do I set up the destination address the same as the To: address in the redirect ?

eg. All emails To: matt@cookuk.plus.com
Destination Address: matt@cookuk.plus.com

and the same for transferred in my domains

Then do a contact to pn to black hole the rest?

p.s. what about emails from plus net ? postmaster account
Community Veteran
Posts: 6,983
Thanks: 8
Registered: 10-04-2007

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If you are going to request that everything other than named mailboxes are blackholed then you also need to create a mailbox called postmaster and have your email client check for mail there as well.

This is in the terms and conditions that you will monitor that address as Plusnet do not know what changes you have made over time to the address that you stated at sign up.
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will a redirect surfice ?

All emails To: postmaster@cookuk.plus.net
Destination : postmaster@cookuk.plus.net

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Community Veteran
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Registered: 10-04-2007

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Not sure just what you mean by a redirect?
You seem to be trying to redirect the same address back to itself.

The easiest way to do this is to create named mailboxes for the names you want to use forget anything to the right of the @ in the address as your domains automatically go to the default box unless you set up named boxes.

Then just look for the mail you want to see at cookuk+mailboxname. It doesnt matter if a mail is sent to name@cookuk or name@domainname you will collect it by cookuk+name.
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Ah, that makes more sense (the first post mentioned redirects which threw me). I will create mailboxes for all addresses I use + a postmaster box.

Cheers
csogilvie
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Posts: 5,852
Registered: 04-04-2007

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You only need to create one mailbox (say "matt"). You can then set up postmaster@ to redirect to matt@ or anything else you want (eg: amazon@)
Liam
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Posts: 2,083
Registered: 04-04-2007

SPAM

This is a good way of getting rid of SPAM directed to random addresses @username.plus.com

As Colin has said, though. You need to create mailboxes that you need (or one mailbox, and redirects with other aliases).

Then, only when an email is addressed to one of these aliases will it be delivered. The rest will be blackholed.
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SPAMALOT

After being with plusnet for years and virtually NEVER getting any SPAM, recently (last 4 weeks) I've been innundated withthe stuff - typically 30 to 40 emails a day and all of the porno type variety.