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Spam. Spam And More Spam


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#1 polaris6

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 03:15 PM

I have a PC, 2 GHz, 2 GB RAM, XP (Sp3), and OE 6.

Until about 3 weeks ago, I had BellSouth and my ISP. 3 weeks ago, I switched to RR (NC).

Before the switch, I would receive 1-2 spam messages a week. Now I receive (via RR) 20/day. I called RR help desk; they recommended that I forward to their security dept all the spam messages. I have been doing that, but I still get about 20/day. They don't appear to be coming from the same place, but the subject matter is usually the same...drugs, insurance, wealth, pet care, etc.

Is there any way I can stop this? I am not getting popups, etc.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:08 PM

I don't have RR, so this may be barking up the wrong tree.
Do you have to enable junk/spam mail filtering?
Someone who has RR service can advise you further, but in the meantime:
See if anything here helps you. (filtering section)

http://help.rr.com/HMSFaqs/e_rrmailSecurit...5.aspx#junkmail

#3 polaris6

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:28 PM

I just checked and the junk mail filter is enabled. I looked at the messages in the junk mail folder and there are 12 (over the past 3 days). I have delivered to 'spam security,rr.com' nearly 40 in that same periond of time. What is/does the ISP spam filter do if it 'traps' only about 1 in 4 spam messages.

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:41 PM

Unfortunately, SPAM is a fact of life. The more mailing lists, forums, etc you subscribe to, the more likely you are to get more spam.

Are these messages ending up in your spam folder? If they are then RR is doing their job and tagging these messages as unwanted. If they are NOT ending up in your spam folder, then RR is not catching everything being sent. You can buy an anti-spam program from you favorite technology retailer.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:03 PM

I ended up with Roadrunner when Adelphia was split up. When we were finally integrated into their server, the spam more than tripled. Obviously they don't believe in investing money in spam-filtering

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:58 PM

I have checked my email exactly one time since switching to RR.
It too may be full of spam.
Do you use the web mail from a browser? If so you might want to
consider using a mail client such as Thunderbird. It has built in junk
filters and works extremely well. All the spam I receive is filtered and deleted
automagically and I never see it.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/

Or as an alternative you can get a free GMail account. Their spam filters are
simply amazing.
http://mail.google.com/

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:18 PM

I have a number of Gmail accounts. The SPAM filters are good. I find by the third report/marking a sender as SPAM, the filters take over.
One can always review the SPAM folder with gmail to check.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 11:27 PM

Thanks...all of you...

I have marked and reported 42 messages as spam yesterday and today. When will this stop? How do they get me email address? I have just opened/used this account for about 3 weeks. I don't remember giving anybody this (the RR account) email address.

I get no popups to speak of...just email spam. I have a gmail account also...literally no spam...great. But why can't my ISP have the same service?

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 12:20 AM

Because RR has a huge user population it is a prime target for spammers.
And if you happened to get a more common email address like jsmith123 or
djones25 then you are more likely to receive spam. Truthfully RR doesn't care
what email you receive, good or bad.
I have never used my RR mail account. I did find a tip from Googling:

Workaround: Don't use the Road Runner mail service; receive your mail at work or through a different ISP :thumbsup:


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Posted 30 August 2008 - 12:28 AM

It's possible someone else could have had the name you chose and it ended up on spammers lists.
I don't know what the policies of other isp's are, but I do know that Comcast will hold a deleted user name for 90 days before releasing it back into the available name pool.
While I was looking at the link I included above, I did notice that RR mail will allow you to set message rules. You could check into that, maybe set up some rules for the mail. If there is an option for it to be deleted automatically, use that.
OR you could set up an email client, which will also allow you to create mail rules.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 12:40 AM

Thanks you.

I have set up 254 message rules to delete spam email in the last 3 weeks.

Does that sound excessive?

I received 22 today alone.

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 08:19 AM

I think you're missing what everyone is saying. Apparently with RR you will get a lot of spam period. There are ways around it, like a gmail or yahoo account, or you can use a mail client like T-Bird. I use yahoo mail and _none_ of the spam mail I get sneaks through (and I get about 1000 / week easily.) Switch mail providers - period. RR is my ISP as well, and I've never used their mail (quite frankly, @rr.blah.com is a little annoying as an email suffix.)
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