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#1 bjbez69

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 09:25 AM

Both my wife and myself keep getting email messages ino our bulk email folders. The messages have a single name as the sender and a one line topic, for example , <name> Briana <topic> nice to see you tom
example 2. <name> tom <topic> nice to see you briana.

very strange, and we have obviously not opened any. from the way they are, i think that they must be arriving from the same source, but recently one or two have made it through to our normal inbox. any ideas how i can identify and block the source? we are using bt internet/yahoo, with all spam filters on. dont know what else to try. not causing a problem apart from having to delete up to 10 per day each, but i know one of these days one will get opened by mistake so i would like to get rid asap.

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#2 fozzie

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:57 AM

A few questions :

- Which email client do you use?(Outlook/Outlook express?)
- Which antivirus do you use?
- Do you have Yahoo free version or paid?

Edited by fozzie, 11 January 2007 - 05:58 AM.


#3 bjbez69

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Posted 12 January 2007 - 04:45 AM

Hi Fozzie
Using bt yahoo internet email which is part of my monthly internet package with bt. we are using macafee internet securtity inc spam filter antivirus etc.
the rogue emails are all the same subject matter - ie viagra ads etc, but on everyone the senders address is different (i opened one after a little info from geeks2go) and at the moment i am blocking each address as they come through. however, when i open the message, it shows a different recipients name but with my email address attached if you follow me.
Now that i have opened one and i know they are nothing more than adverts, the only real headache is having to read/block address/delete each one, but if you do have any ideas that would be great. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:22 AM

Even though Yahoo advises doing so,blocking emails by addresses is a temporary fix at best because as you have seen, each senders address is different. This happens because they are forged to begin with. This is part of what is known as email spam, which is the types of email thatyou are referring to recieving in your bulk folders. Subsequently the email addresses that you are blocking will be useless either because the spammer has altered the return address, or because they have been shutdown. You then end up with a large list of blocked addresses that becomes useless after a period of time.

Opening is not recommended either because if the email contains graphics/images, there are hidden tags embedded in emails that you won't see, but will send an alert back to the spammer that the email has been opened & that the address is "live/active" thus allowing the spammer to inundate you with even more spam.

Since they are being sent to your bulk folder in the first place, the easiest thing to do is to would be to leave them there & let them be automatically deleted. The default is 30 days, but you can change this using the instructions found here:

Using SpamGuard Plus

Here are a couple of more links to read through if you have not already:

Protecting Yourself From Spam

BT YahooFAQs

Common Spammer Tricks & Tips to Avoid Them

BTW: If I am not mistaken, you can see the full header of an email without opening it simply by right clicking the email & selecting view full headers.

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Posted 15 January 2007 - 06:35 AM

Ok Thanks for the advice :thumbsup:




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