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10:19 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Ive had my Email address for three or so years and it has always been on websites and such and never ever had any real spam, however the past week I have been getting more and more I think i might even be up to 10/15 a day from that one main Email address.

Can we do anything?

I really don't want to change it, I like it! PS. I don;t use outlook or anything just Webmail - I am always on the go...

Let me know what you are all thinking about this...

PS. Anyone want a RoLeX GoLd or some V$AG)(ra I got an email today selling both...

10:57 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have the same problem. It's 10:55 here and I have deleted about thirty spam and scam emails already this morning. I was going to change my email addresses but I use them on subscriptions, etc. It would take me ages to sort it all out.
11:11 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Do you think its getting worse? Have you seen an increase over the past two weeks?

<joke> WELL THEN <spam product> IS JUST FOR YOU! </joke>

11:27 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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There has certainly been a massive increase in the use of spam with embedded images, which spam filters cannot effectively filter out.
11:28 am on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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PS. Anyone want a RoLeX GoLd or some V$AG)(ra I got an email today selling both...

Well I can swap them for some hot stock tips!

Seriously, you could try and limit spam by displaying your e-mail address using a javascript solution or just use an online form.

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Seriously, you could try and limit spam by displaying your e-mail address using a javascript solution or just use an online form

Will it matter any more? They alread have my Email address on some "Spam this" database.

Yes, What I get is a lot of small print text that converts into an image after its all loaded up and its just an image with a lot of text.

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Well it will help prevent your email from being added to even more lists.
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Well it will help prevent your email from being added to even more lists.

Very true... can I still interest you in some cAI$()S?

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> i might even be up to 10/15 a day

I remember having 10-15 spams a day. Nowadays I have that many or more every hour of every day, but I rarely see them thanks to a fairly decent spam filter. Whatever else I may think about Y!, the folks who design their filters do a right fair job.

Most days 3 or less get past the gate, while several hundred get nabbed and tucked out of the way to bulkville. As important to me is that it's extremely rare for something to land in bulk that should not be there. Not bad at all on a 9 year address that was not protected in the early days, back when I dinna know it needed protecting and, though quite silly of me, when I believed that clicking on an opt-out link would actually remove me from a list.

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back when I dinna know

You Scottish KP? :)

7:00 pm on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Those stock tips really piss me off- 95% of all my mail is now junk. My filter cannot get these embedded ones though.
7:36 pm on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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yes it can :) just think a little about how n*rt*n blocks ads ..and extrapolate from there ..and a little tiny bit of "if this is ..then .." and then look for the common element to block ..:)
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It was funny to stumble across this topic. I spent the better part of 3 hours this morning preparing for multiple email address changes due to spam. I've been getting hammered with stock tips lately.
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Our block/bounce list on our server for IP origins has grown to over 5 pages of 100 lines now.

And some of those lines are blocking entire countries and regions, but it still keeps growing.

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If your mail client displays a preview of the email before you open it, are you making sure not to load remote images there?

Those images can be tagged to your email, so the spammers know they've got a live address, which they'll be sure to sell to all their spammer buddies.

Sorry if everybody know that already...

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I find that Cloudmark does a pretty good job of filtering it all out. Particularly the image ads. For a while I was using Thunderbird and that seemed pretty good too.
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This past week has become a joke, we're getting upwards of 1,000 spams per day, the latest one being "Leo wrote:" or "Name wrote:", more than 200 of these in the past 24 hours or so.

I use Popcorn going straight onto the server and delete the cr@p before it can go any further.

Once one's up to speed it's only a couple of minutes per day, still damned annoying though.

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Back a year or so ago I was getting very frustrated about the spam coming in. Far too much time was being spent manually filtering.

Now, I automate it as much as possible with, at least, four forms of defence. OA Bayesian filter and a banned IP check on the mailserver, at the point of polling I use a blacklist/whitelist filter, with a automatic check against reported spam, then, on the mail client there are further filters, and finally, it's me.

Some stuff still gets through, but then, it's way down on what it used to be. I do let some slip through so I can keep updating my filters. I view this like i'm getting a flu jab to help combat the latest strain going round.

"Leo wrote:" or "Name wrote:",

Those are easy to catch, although there's been a lot recently. It's relatively easy to set up filters on those that are consistent.

I have a fairly comprehensive whitelist, and keep a live blacklist going. Sometimes, certain domains are used all the time, and they simply get added to the blacklist.

The biggest problem with so much filtering is that some good stuff may be getting swallowed up. There's not much I can do about that.

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The current wave with the smileys at the end is unbelievable.
I don't think that I have ever seen such an onslaught.
6:11 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Tons of penny stock spam. Sometimes 20 for the same stock in a day. (the stock always plummets afterward, btw as insiders sell out)

There should be more pressure on the SEC to do something about these cesspool little companies that should have never been public in the first place.

virtually 100% of them are scams.

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I think those penny stock spams are our biggest volume for type. And they all seem to come from different places, so hard to block or bounce
11:31 am on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I read this in The Guardian yesterday which suggests Spam has increased significantly since the Summer so you're certainly not alone.

The company monitored nearly 70bn emails in September and October, and spam levels soared by 59% during that period. The company says that 91% of emails are now spam.

Source: technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1942262,00.html

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the latest one being "Leo wrote:" or "Name wrote:"

Yes, I am getting many more of these the past week.

Spam has went up since summer? I wonder if that is 18 year old geeks with nothing more to do with they're time.

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<added>

Is half these Emails from infected PC's?

</added>

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The Hi <name> mails are the most misleading and need to be looked at carefully!
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I don't bother with putting my email address on websites due to email harvesters. Contact forms are better.

If in a rush I'll do an image version of the email (with no mailto - folk have to manually enter it).

But I'm also seeing more spam email - including lots of emails pretending to be from banks etc. It's a series issue that there isn't really an adequate solution to.

Theres no point in assuming that people should know better. Not everyone has the neceassary range of internet skills, social skills and experience required to be able to work out what's real and what isn't.

With reports of people in call centers both here (UK) and abroad being only too happy to steal and sell your details, things can only get worse - spam email that already includes information about you to make it seem more authentic.

A secure padlocked version of email has to be urgently developed so that people can't falsify email addresses and so that emails can't be read by others. I think that companies should have to sign something which registers their company, logo etc. Then software rewritten to highlight safe company emails. Any company pretending to be someone they aren't (e.g. bank emails, similiar domains etc) could be identified by the public and have their company email licence revoked. Perhaps this could be done at a country level.

Something has to be done about it anyway.

Email should have the potential to replace normal letters through the post. But anyone serious about security - such as banks - are better off just sending out post and telling their users to ignore all emails that appear to come from them in my opinion.

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Any solid advice on how to kill it on the server level? I don't want to go to Spam Assas. as I hate receiving the "verify who you are" emails. How do you block countries, etc. Can you buy a block list somewhere? I am getting desperate.

Cabo

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A secure padlocked version of email has to be urgently developed so that people can't falsify email addresses and so that emails can't be read by others. I think that companies should have to sign something which registers their company, logo etc. Then software rewritten to highlight safe company emails. Any company pretending to be someone they aren't (e.g. bank emails, similiar domains etc) could be identified by the public and have their company email licence revoked. Perhaps this could be done at a country level.

Something has to be done about it anyway.

I quite agree. It is time we all accepted that email in it's current form is broken and that we need a serious rethink of how it works.

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Can you buy a block list somewhere? I am getting desperate.

Yes, you can. There is one leader in that field - [spamhaus.org...]

Use of the SBL is free for individuals operating small mail servers as long as your email traffic is low. Commercial users, corporate networks and ISPs need to purchase a yearly subscription to use the service.

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Something has to be done about it anyway.

I agree and I cannot for the life of me understand why this has not already happened. You would think that all the brains at companies like Microsoft would be able to come up with a foolproof method of dealing with this.

But then ... perhaps there is a hidden agenda. There are lots of companies making serious money from spam and its side issues.

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