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I hate Spam!!!

post #1 of 12
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Just need to vent about spam for a minute....

First, our domains for Stray Pet Advocacy and Save Samoa have been spoofed by these who sent out bajillions of spams. While I have NOTHING to do with this, I (and Laurie) am getting 30-40 non-deliverable returned emails a day. God only knows how many people now have our domains on their "blocked" list. Not that we send out mass emails or anything, but it's still very frustrating and annoying when I recieve 75-100 emails/day and MAYBE 5-10 are legitimate. Thank goodness for a good spam blocker for the rest (except the returned emails, of course...)

Then there's my work email. I get all of the non-real email addresses so that if someone misspells someone's name or something we still get it. I came in to work today to 236 spam messages. And I have a little email preview program set to check messages every 5 minutes so I can intercept them...I've been getting 1-5 every 5 minutes. Most of them are trying to get me to buy penny stocks or ED drugs or refinance my mortgage.

I'M SO SICK OF SPAM!!!! Whoever actually falls for that junk and buys ANYTHING from unsolicited emails should have their computers thrown out the window, and their internet service revoked.
post #2 of 12
I agree! I get tons of it at work too! I keep the preview on and just keep deleting the junk!
post #3 of 12
I would agree there. I have a yahoo e-mail address I use occasionally, and it has about 200 A DAY sent to it.
post #4 of 12
It really is annoying. My work e-mail is good. I very rarely get spam here but my regular home e-mail sucks! I have resorted to using the exclusive thing. If your name isn't in my address book it goes straight to the garbage. But I do check there every few days to make sure I haven't lost anyone I want to hear from due to an address change.
post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by LokisMum View Post
I agree! I get tons of it at work too! I keep the preview on and just keep deleting the junk!
I was under the impression (probably very wrong since I'm so computer illiterate) that if the preview pane was on it was the same as having opened the e-mail and if there was a virus that activated when the e-mail was opened you would have it by having the preview pane on. Does that make sense?

My BIL is a computer whiz and I just found out last night that when you are forwarding e-mails to a whole bunch of people you should always put them as blind copies to prevent spreading their personal e-mails around for one and to stop spamming to them as well.
post #6 of 12
Our workplace ranges in about 2,000 SPAM Messages per day.

You'd be surprised at how many people still click on bad emails. I think I read a report that said 1 in every 5 people still open an email that is either spam or infected.

The stupid thing is PEOPLE WHO REPLY TO SPAM. The general rule of thumb in the IT world is if you never subscribed to the email in the first place, don't reply with unsubscribe in the message!!!! All that tells the spammers is that your email is an active account and then sells your name to other spammers.
post #7 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I was under the impression (probably very wrong since I'm so computer illiterate) that if the preview pane was on it was the same as having opened the e-mail and if there was a virus that activated when the e-mail was opened you would have it by having the preview pane on. Does that make sense?
Yup you're right.

Back in 2001 the Nimda virus was the first infected email anything that proved this is the capability. It's always best to turn off the preview pane in Outlook.
post #8 of 12
I like Spam once in a while. But it has to have Ketchup on it.
post #9 of 12
Our Spam filter at work was working really well until those figured out that they could attach their messages as gif and bypass all of the word filtering. So I get these messages with a whole bunch of gobbled y-gook and have to delete them out.

Unfortunately, Spam may be killing e-mail because it is more trouble than it is is worth. There have been some initiatives but the software companies just can't agree on a common approach.
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
I just found out last night that when you are forwarding e-mails to a whole bunch of people you should always put them as blind copies to prevent spreading their personal e-mails around for one and to stop spamming to them as well.

Aargh!! That is one of my pet peeves and one of the reasons I ask the very few people who I want to email me to not forward stupid jokes and stuff to me and if they do find something that they just can't resist sending, to NOT put me on their CC list!!

I also can't believe people are so computer illiterate these days that they will use somebody's email address in a form on a website without asking if it's ok. My SIL sent a birthday e-card to my brother while he was visiting and gave an e-card site my email address (one that I've had since I've been on cable internet and that I exclusively gave to my brother) and sure enough I started getting SPAM! Who doesn't know by now that email addresses are harvested that way? I had to start using Mozilla Thunderbird so I could set the filter to only accept email from my brother's email address. The filters in Outlook Express suck.

Email harvesters are the reason why I always use a fake email address or an email address I don't care about to sign up for things. Whoever actually has the address nobody at nowhere dot com hates me. <snicker>


No offense intended towards you Yosemite, your post just stirred me up.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I like Spam once in a while. But it has to have Ketchup on it.
LOL!
post #12 of 12
Heidi - this is what we use here at the City. It is just SO time-consuming to even look at all those messages (that come once a minute). It corrals your suspicious email and you can check it when you like. I told my husband about it, and his firm started using it and it saved them from some major worm, I guess. Anyway, I don't work there or anything - just seems to be a good solution.
http://www.mxlogic.com/
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