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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

I have been receiving a phenomenal amount of spam over the last few weeks and it's driving me crazy. It is not traditional spam, however. It is unlike anything I've ever experienced before. I am not in the SENT TO: of the emails, but it comes through to me. Not only are we getting other people's spam, but emails and newsletters addressed to several email addresses such as contact@3zee.net and david.oswald@ctmgroup.co.uk

The following is the message header in Outlook (I have put an AT instead of @ for our Azam.biz email address)



Return-path: <radomirbara@divorcedandhappy.com>

Envelope-to: domains AT azam.biz

Delivery-date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 06:08:11 -0700

Received: from azam02 by hadar.lunarpages.com with local-bsmtp (Exim 4.52)

id 1G7XVB-00066s-PW

for domains AT azam.biz; Mon, 31 Jul 2006 06:08:11 -0700

X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.1.1 (2006-03-10) on

hadar.lunarpages.com

X-Spam-Level: **

X-Spam-Status: No, score=2.7 required=6.0 tests=BAYES_60,FORGED_RCVD_HELO,

HTML_MESSAGE,RCVD_IN_BL_SPAMCOP_NET autolearn=no version=3.1.1

Received: from [213.171.216.32] (helo=mail-frees01.fasthosts.co.uk)

by hadar.lunarpages.com with esmtp (Exim 4.52)

id 1G7XVB-00066Z-Bu

for domains AT azam.biz; Mon, 31 Jul 2006 06:08:09 -0700

Received: from divorcedandhappy.com (62-43-1-39.user.ono.com [62.43.1.39])

by mail-frees01.fasthosts.co.uk (Postfix) with SMTP id 38BB719FCEB

for <contact@3zee.net>; Mon, 31 Jul 2006 14:06:46 +0100 (BST)

Message-ID: <000001c6b4a1$9f27fc50$d7cba8c0@kuq14>

Reply-To: "Radomir Baratta" <radomirbara@divorcedandhappy.com>

From: "Radomir Baratta" <radomirbara@divorcedandhappy.com>

To: contact@3zee.net

Subject: Re: uafydMjEDS

Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2006 06:02:47 -0700

MIME-Version: 1.0

Content-Type: multipart/alternative;

boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0001_01C6B466.F2C92450"

X-Priority: 3

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106

X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1106




I have tried contacting the people sending the emails, but they have said we are not on their mailing list. So the emails are just being forwarded to us.



Any idea what we can do please? Thank you.
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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

Treat it as normal spam and ignore it/filter it?

Eg. Setup a rule stating that any incoming emails that do not have a to address containing your email address get junked into the trashcan. I normally get about 30 emails a day like what you describe, but with careful filtering I get this down to about 10 - 12 that I have to manually press the 'delete' key to, but thunderbird is learning to delete those itself Smiley
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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

You were probably BCCd on the email, that's how come you got it but you were not in to to field.
You weren't on the customer list that PN accidentally emailed to 3,500 people last week were you? That might explain the increase in spam if someone has gotten hold of it for such purposes.
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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

Thanks for the responses.

No, the email address in question is not known to PN.

This is not normal spam.

I am being 'forwarded' mail for other people, including their personal emails. Also it is clearly not spam because I am receiving mailings from government departments etc.

I have discovered the domains for which I am receiving emails are all hosted with Fasthosts

I have tried contacting the misuse and support department for Fasthosts, but they have not responded to a single email, so I have to sort this out myself.
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Envelope

It is the X-Envelope-To field that is giving you the problems. The "To", "Reply To" and "From" fields are all soft defined, but I think the envelope is the actual target address (and is yours).

This will all be a bot generated spam, so it is using low-level SMTP calls in a small driver to send the email; the more normal email GUIs do not let us get at that data to tweak it.

I get a shed load of spam, but am kind of unwilling to give up my email name. Unfortunately I am on an old FastHosts POP3 box (probably like you), so can't use their filters, and for some reason can't redirect to PlusNet.

Your best bet is to try getting your POP3 reader to filter based on the To:, CC:, and BCC: lines.

Doesn't work if you are using a P910 to read email tho' :-)
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Thousands of unwanted emails addressed to others. What to do

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I have tried contacting the misuse and support department for Fasthosts, but they have not responded to a single email


Are you sure Fasthosts don't sub-contract there support to plusnet? :lol:
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This is not normal spam.


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