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Do these people realise that they are spamming?
Heh... yep. I never reply to these, but I do file them in case, as with one chap, they are stupid enought to keep it up over any extended period.
I did, however, reply to one unsolicited ad today, to advise the person that they were spamming, and receipt of any further unsolicited advertising from them would be reported to their ISP. In this case though it was a local person,
no domain name so the ISP domainname was being used, and obviously a novice/new business making their first foray. I felt positively mean there for, oh, about a second and a half.
Brings up an interesting notion, though. I'd like to write a little script that actually does send an "unsubscribe" message from every e-mail address. starting with a@mydomain and going all the way to firstname.lastname@example.org - That'd be fun. ;)
Using your email clent, you should be able to create rules to block out unwanted mail. For example, I constantly get requests from Uganda and Ghana for my products. Not worth the risk from these countries. So I have a different folder in Outlook called 'SalesJunk' and 'Sales'. Anything sent to info@... or sales@... is moved to the sales folder, then if it contains "Uganda" or "Ghana" in the message body, it is automatically moved to the 'SalesJunk' folder.
Everytime I set up a new rule, someone gets around it. But I automatically block about 95% of spam and only have to filter a couple of messages per day.
And on the one I got earlier, I did respond. I visited their website and got their sales address, not the remove address.
a) You can't turn of HTML. The biggest blunder with this is tha any spam message with a gif that links back to the spammers site PROVES that your email address is valid.
b) The filtering is useless if the message is sent to the Envelope-To: address.
You can block on subject words - but thats not efficient enough. What you can do is to block on old email addresses if you have a catch all but you can only do this if your name is in the To: or CC: fields - most spammers put you in the Envelope To: of which it is not possile to block in OE.
For instance, my wife received a number of angry emails at her work asking why is she spamming them. Of course, she wasn't. Someone had hijacked their formmail script. She works at a prominent arts organization in San Francisco, and their webmaster is pretty lazy about these things.
The biggest blunder with this is tha any spam message with a gif that links back to the spammers site PROVES that your email address is valid.
Frank - do you think spammers really care if your e-mail address is valid? It's not like they are going to delete you from their database if they don't get a validation from the gif.
I'm not disagreeing with you about the lack of ability to turn of HTML - I just don't think it matters to spammers if an address is valid or not. It is not like direct mail where there are printing and postage cost involved in delivering to bad addresses. If an e-mail address is not active today, so what? It might be tomorrow.