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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

For the past few days I have been receiving mail in my mailwasher inbox. It is mail which has been unable to be delivered. I have searched my comp and it isn't coming from me. I assume someone is abusing my website! I have taken off what was the index page and replaced with a message!

Can anyone advise me further on what to do?
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

1. Stop using Mailwasher.

Mailwasher well known for causing more spam than it stops and only the dumbest of spammers don't know what it is.

Can you post all the information (headers) from the emails?
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

Hi

You may wish to see this thread

http://portal.plus.net/central/forums/viewtopic.php?t=41333

and take the action suggested by Plusnet support staff there ? I've had a couple of dozen of weird and wonderful spam mails that appear to be undelivered emails etc today. One even said it was from Elvis :lol:
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

Mailwasher has never given me any problems before! However, a single thought is that I signed up to paltalk and they started then! I have changed my email with them - so will give 48 hours and see how many 'spams' I am still sending then!

I deleted all the bounced mails viz mailwasher so no info - but I will keep in future - what then thoughHuh?

My concern is how many have been sent from my account at puffnet and how to stop it?
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

rtrapper thanks for the link! But the downside is I want to stop my mail being abused in the FIRST place - how the hell do I do that? This is the first time it has happened to me!

I was thinking to put up a form response on my website and no email addy - but somewhere in my mind this won't work against the spammers!
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

SO ELVIS IS ALIVE AND LIVING IN RTAPPER'S INBOX!


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Hi

You may wish to see this thread

http://portal.plus.net/central/forums/viewtopic.php?t=41333

and take the action suggested by Plusnet support staff there ? I've had a couple of dozen of weird and wonderful spam mails that appear to be undelivered emails etc today. One even said it was from Elvis :lol:
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

I think this happened to me some time back.

Unfortunately, I don't think there's an effective way of stopping it. Anyone can use your email address to spam - it's extremely easy.
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

Spammers use programs to trawl web pages looking for email addresses to either spam or use as the from address - it's the second that you've fallen victim to. They will look for anything in a web page in the format of an email address - either in a mailto or just in plain text. So the important thing is not to put an email on the web site in a format that it can be automatically recognised in the source.

I've got several email addresses on the website I run and get NO spam - it's been going for more than two years. This is what I do:

1. What you see on the screen is actually an image using the same background and font as the rest of the page so unless you look at the source or change the font size in your browser you can't see the difference.

2. I have a Javascript function which is called with the parts of the contact name. If there are two parts given it puts a '.' between, if only the second is given it doesn't. The image name is also passed across.

function contactname(firstnm, lastnm,iname){

ref = firstnm != null ? firstnm + '.' + lastnm : lastnm;
ref += '@' + 'mydomain.';
ref += 'org.uk';
document.write('<a href="ma' + 'ilto:');
document.write(ref);
document.write('">');
document.write('<img src="' + iname + '" alt="' + ref + '" border="0"></a>');


As you can see I've even split up the mailto.

I've put this function in a separate file which I include in pages as required.
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

I agree

What's happened is someone has got your email address, and is using it as the "from" address for a load of spam.

They are sending spam to thousands or millions of unverified addresses. The mailservers are sending the undeliverable messages back to yourself since your address is in the from field.

Happened to me a while back - it will dry up eventually.
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SPAMMAIL FROM WEBSITE! Can someone help me?

Thanks everyone for your help. Elvin will use that script if okay!

Another new thing: we also use PN at work for our website - guess what is happening there in our inbox as well..............!!! LOL
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No problem.
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1. Stop using Mailwasher.

Mailwasher well known for causing more spam than it stops and only the dumbest of spammers don't know what it is.


I rather disagree with your view, and your generalisation that it is "well known for causing more spam".

Mailwasher essentially looks at what is waiting to come down from your pop/imap server and allows you the chance to delete what you feel is spam. If enabled, it "remembers" what you chose and automatically flags it as spam the next time it arrives.

Further more, if enabled, it will match up the characteristics of an email against the spam databases of Blue Frog, SpamCop, etc. and auto flag spam in this way too.

And yet further still, if you want it to, you can "bounce" messages back as if they have been bounced by your ISP.

I am a full time Internet Consultant and I believe MailWasher (from http://www.firetrust.com/) to be one of the better tools on the market that fights spam in this way. This view is entirely my own.
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And yet further still, if you want it to, you can "bounce" messages back as if they have been bounced by your ISP.


And therein lies the problem with MailWasher - you may be bouncing the message back, but you are probably bouncing it to some poor person who has had their address 'stolen' - which causes more useless emails to be sent.
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I agree. The one problem with mailwasher is that it has the option to bounce emails. Those with an iota of knowledge and sense turn it off - the trouble is those who don't understand think it sounds a good idea and leave it on.
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I am a full time Internet Consultant and I believe MailWasher (from http://www.firetrust.com/) to be one of the better tools on the market that fights spam in this way. This view is entirely my own.


It would add something to your credibility as a "full time Internet Consultant" if you fixed the url in your posting so that clicking it didn't give a 404 error.
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