Stopping the flood of spam

Discussion in 'Indie Related Chat' started by Sunshine, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Sunshine

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    I have done a great job so far keeping my inbox clean of spam. However recently I have been getting two or three emails a day all on the same subject. They all come from diffrent addresses, each time a rich uncle [brother,banker you name it] has died and I have been left anywhere from 15 to 140 million dollars. Although the story and country are diffrent each time , it is the same setup.

    It is on my yahoo account, I wonder if there is a way to make this stop?
    Is it possible to just turn off the account for a while and maybe they will think it is not a valid address and remove it from their list? :mad:
     
  2. kerchen

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    Yahoo's spam filter seems to be pretty good at filtering out those kinds of messages. Do you have it turned on? I stopped using my Yahoo account about 6 months ago because of the volume of spam it was getting, but I check in on it every now and then just to see how well the filter is doing--it catches about 80% of the junk sent to that address.
     
  3. Mike Boeh

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    2-3 emails per day? Wait until it's 2-3 thousand per day....

    Anyway, yahoo's spam filter should be able to train to zap those emails :)
     
  4. Sunshine

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    Yes, i use the spam filter, I'm averaging about 80 messages sent to my bulk folder per day.

    But these guys keep getting through, I even select all of them and then report spam, but they always come from a diffrent address! :mad:

    I wish I could make it send a failure to deliver response back to the spammer.
     
  5. Valen

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    That wouldn't help. The actual addresses you see are fake. Even if you could track it to the source, the email was probably relayed through an insecure SMTP server. A long time ago, I used spamcop.com to report spam to whoever would be able to do something about it (it scans the headers to figure out what site was used to send the spam). I used a template to send a semi-threatening email, and sometimes got a response like "chill out man, we do what we can to reduce the amount of spam that goes through our servers."
     

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