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Another one, and it does depend on your e-mail client, is don't allow pictures to automatically download. Spammers often include a 1 pixel gif, in much the same the way as web sites do, and it confirms to them, that an e-mail address is working and thus they send me more spam.
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Can any 1 help me on stopping unwanted junk/spam email?

I started to get an annoying email every day or two ranging from sexual pills to cheap software. After few weeks of this i desided to try an stop them from being sent. I followed the link at the bottom of the email and put my email address in the unsubscribe option. Since doing that i now get 2 emails a day from them.

Not knowing at this stage what was going on i tried it another 2 time over the space of a week or 2 an now get 4 each day. So it seems that every time i tried to unsubsribe, they send me more.

I block the sender from every email, but it is sent via a different email address each time. Any1 got any idea what i can do? Cry

[Moderator's note by Chris (Eurotrain4): Topic moved to more suitable forum]
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NEVER click on the unsubcribe button in a spam message. The SPAM is sent out to random email addresses that they arent even sure exist. All you are doing when you click on unsubscribe and fill in your email address is confirm that your address does exist.

If you know the email is from a genuine source / trusted company then you can unsubscribe safely.

Hope this helps.

Andy.
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ok, that does help.

But at same time doesnt help.

Still would like to know how to get rid of it. I thought spam was illegal if not agreed to it. :?
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Yeah in some countries / states it is illegal, but so is sharing MP3's etc, and they cant stop that either.

Is this junk mail arriving in your plusnet email account or some other form of email like gmail, hotmail. If its arrving in your plusnet email box, is it too as specific named address (e.g. whatever @durrantuk.plus.com) if this is the case then you can stop it, but you will have to stop using the specific address that the spam is arriving at and then set up a forwarding rule to send it to blackhole@abuse.plus.com it with then automatically be deleted( and so will any legit messages too so make sure you have advised everyone of your new address).

You can find lots more info about spam by searching for the keyword "SPAM" on these forums.

And last but not least NEVER unsubsribe from spam or give your address to anyone you dont know. Whenever i leave an address with some company or other i use the companies name as part of the email address(e.g. JOEBLOGGS @durrantuk.plus.com, BT @durrantuk.plus.com get the idea?). The reason for this is that if you do start receiving crap from someone, you instantly have an idea who gave your address out, and you also have an address to forward to a blackhole to stop receiving it.

regards Andy.
holdtight
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Posts: 1,634
Registered: 15-06-2007

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Very good advice Andy ! advice that should be followed by many people

Durrantuk try installing Spamfighter
its very efficient and does a good job of filtering out spam by working from a central
database instead of by a mail by mail process, and as a bonus its totally free Cheesy
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ok thanks people.
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Ok, more of the same....

I've just recieved 40 bounce messages for a viagra selling email that says it came from me (it didn't)

The email that supposedly sent it is candidemail@mydomain.com

a) what has happened here?
b) is there any way of blocking any email that doesn't use my specific email address? I'm not interested in anything that's sent to 'postmaster@mydomain.com' for example.

I tend to get about 10 spams a day - 40 in one go is a new development.



n
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The problem here is as you described. You didn't send the e-mail.

Spammers use rondomly selected addresses and domains for the from addresses, so that they do not receive the bounces.

This is a clever tactic. If the original target didn't get the spam, the person they faked as the from address sure did.

There is little and nothing you can do about spammer doing this.

You can however setup your mailboxes, in such a way that you only receive email directed at one email address.

1: Setup a mailbox for the address you normaly use
2: COnfigure your mail client to use this mailbox, instead of your default one

3: A MUST
Setup a redirect on the portal for postmaster, to the mailbox you have created.
You are required by your product contract with PlusNet to monitor this email address.

After this is done, you can then request via link:contact us (there is a specific path), that PlusNet redirect any and all other mail, not redirected or placed in a mailbox, to the bin.
lowry
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Registered: 08-04-2007

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The main method I use to control my mail on my PlusNet mailboxes is to use a different alias for every online account that I sign up to. For example, when I signed up to ebay, I used 'ebay@myusername.plus.com' as the address. This method is useful because if you start receiving spam to one of the aliases then you can see which address has been compromised and then set-up a redirect on the portal to redirect all mail sent to that alias to the PlusNet black hole address (blackhole@abuse.plus.com) which will delete the mail.

Also, as a poster previously suggested, never click on an unsubscribe link in a spam e-mail. It is alright to click an unsubscribe link in a newsletter e-mail that you subscribed to but not for one you did not. This is because doing this will only make the problem worse because you have told the spammer that you have an active e-mail address and that you read their junk, and so they will send more.

You could also turn off HTML display of e-mail messages in your mailboxes to stop small tracker images telling the spammer you read their message. More tips like this are available in the 'Spam FAQ'.

matt Wink
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Kinda what i said earlier in this thread :lol:
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This has probably been answered allready but i rarely visit the forums here so please excuse my ignorance but......

Would the redirect solution also work if, instead of redirecting to the blackhole address, we redirected it back to the senders address? Wouldn't this basically mean that they would receive all their own spam back in their own inbox?
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Registered: 30-07-2007

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Would the redirect solution also work if, instead of redirecting to the blackhole address, we redirected it back to the senders address? Wouldn't this basically mean that they would receive all their own spam back in their own inbox?


No, as the sender address is usually spoofed so all you are doing is sending out more spam and helping the spammers as well.

All spam should be binned. You should never reply to it or bounce it back.
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Ahh. Good point. Thanks for the input.
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When setting up a mail address use at least one number or character
ie fredsmith would be fred4smith, fred_smith or fred$mith etc. This stops the spammer using his bots to spam all possible combinations of letters.
I have kept old mail boxes from previous ISP's and only one did I fail to follow the above advice it gets 2 or 3 bits of spam a day the other 4 get none.

Please note this will not save you if someone, who has your address in their address book, gets a virus which mails to all in the book.