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spam email

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by The Vector Doctor, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    About 6 or 7 times a day I am getting emails from my customers but they are not orders but rather spam email talking about great deals on software, electronics, etc. Here is a sample

    "C amazing site
    i bought some laptops from this site
    now i had receive it , i like it very much
    they also have thousands of new original products on their site
    hope you like it too , <e-overshop. com>
    enjoy yourself .will save more than 30% !!"

    What can be done on their part to get rid of this?
  2. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

    Sep 11, 2003
    Olympia, WA
    I've gotten a couple myself in the last week. In each case the email contained no message at all and was actually not from the sender indicated. Not sure what, if anything, can be done about it though.
  3. SignManiac

    SignManiac Major Contributor

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mars Florida
    I use Barracuda to block most of my spam, but the ones that I really hate and I can't do anything about are the ones using my own email address as the sender. I can't filter that one out or else none of my legitimate emails would get to me.
  4. Tim Aucoin

    Tim Aucoin Very Active Member

    I used to get a ton of those. I got very, very good at setting up "mail rules" on the Mac, and I'd say I've eliminated the spam by a good 95%. If one sneaks it's way through, I simply alter the rules to tackle it. Not sure how these work on PC, but I'm sure you can set them in a similar way. The trick is to target specific words or phrases in these spam mails, but choose the words carefully, as if your "legit" mail has any of the words or phrases in them, they will be tagged as junk also. For example, in your sample, I would tag the phrase "amazing site", and I'd set certain punctuation rules, as these spammers are not usually very good at using it!

    One trick that spammers use to get around this is to use an image rather than text to send the message. This can be tackled using the mail rules also! Good luck with this Eric... be forceful and don't give up on it. We can't let these spammers win the wars!
  5. The Vector Doctor

    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    I get various spam emails from plenty of sources, I just found it odd that suddenly they were now coming from my customers and appeared to be cc'd to everyone in their address book

    Must be some new email harvester spam
  6. John Butto

    John Butto Very Active Member

    Jan 9, 2007

    Use this to take care of all my email accounts and it has a good spam blocker. It is part of the Mozzilla build group.
  7. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    Jun 7, 2006
    In the last few weeks or months, I've received these from various friends and customers. There were all sorts of advertisements and I asked Jeremy [shop employee and head computer guru].... and he said it was a virus. The person you THINK is sending these has no idea it's happening until he/she's told.

    At that point they merely have to change their password and the problem is solved. Somehow, your password is stolen and these people are sending out advertisements via your address and usually there's no title in the subject window. That's the dead giveaway.

    Anyone getting these, don't open them and notify the person from your address book what's going on to change their password.

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