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No Phishing

I get a phishing e-mail on a daily basis. It probably accounts for 10% of my spam. The FTC and private industry groups are up in arms, but the problem keeps getting worse. Given the little old ladies who are losing their pensions by clicking on these links, why can't anyone catch these guys? What's the technological barrier?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 15, 2004 - 15 answers

Spam, spam, spam

From the "...da hell?" department: I received this e-mail recently. Now, I live in Chicago, so I'm not too concerned about the warnings; but I'm wondering why in the world a spammer would send me this. [a little more inside] [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Dec 5, 2004 - 25 answers

Gmail Spam

I have taken specific care not to let my gmail address fall into the hands of anybody besides people I deal with in person- friends and family and such- and after several months of having this account be spam-free, today I finally got a few. How on earth do they find me?
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Dec 5, 2004 - 34 answers

How can I stop referrer log spam?

"Reffy is a Windows-based mass referrer spammer.... Reffy comes with a pre-generated list of 3047 active blog websites...." My blog is on that pre-generated list. These people are spamming my logs and filling my referrer page with crap. Paypal has, unsurprisingly, not responded to reports that they're being used to transfer money to spammers, and .htaccess deny blacklists are no good when your URL is being distributed to spammers all over the place. So, (1) how do I stop them, and (2) what legal recourse would I possibly have to get my cut of the money they're making by putting my website URL in their application?
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2004 - 11 answers

Help with spam filtering

SpamFilterFilter: Like you, I hate spam. I put together a system to deal with it by forwarding my e-mails through multiple accounts. It seemed to work, but somehow I'm getting other people's spam now. How is this possible, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon on Dec 4, 2004 - 10 answers

Seeking Alternative to KnowSpam (75,000 Spam; Supplemental to Spam Assassin)?

My Knowspam.net subscription expired, good riddance. The lack of updates to the system made it rather annoying to use for most of this past year. I got about 75k spam emails this past year including the ones Knowspam couldn't catch, and spam assassin on it's own is not enough. Is there a better alternative?
posted by riffola on Dec 2, 2004 - 18 answers

Challenge-response anti-spam systems?

I'm looking at different anti-spam systems, and one of these is a challenge-response system. Anybody know of an open-source, free, or relatively cheap challenge-response system that I could try? I run a couple of mail servers for a public school district, and we're always looking for ways to deal with spam.
posted by MiG on Nov 28, 2004 - 10 answers

Gmail spam-filter wonkiness

GmailFilter: Is it just me, or does Gmail's spam-filtering engine occasionally (and sometimes regularly) just give up the ghost? I have a legacy personal email account dating back from the dark ages which receives over 300 emails a day, 95% of which is spam. I used to pull this mail down into Outlook and use SpamNet to filter it, but I recently set the legacy account to redirect through my Gmail account, which normally catches all but about 5% of the spam - Result! However, I find that Gmail regularly (about once a week) decides to let another 5-10% of the spam through - and in the last couple of days it seems to have fallen over completely (i.e. I am getting new spam every minute or so). Anyone else notice anything funny going on?
posted by LondonYank on Nov 25, 2004 - 12 answers

MoveableType Spam Comments

What would be the best way to remove hundreds of spam comments from a Movable Type page?
posted by bobo123 on Nov 1, 2004 - 3 answers

What is this odd website?

What is this?
posted by ar0n on Sep 22, 2004 - 14 answers

How do scammers know which bank I use?

How do scammers who send email claiming to be from my bank and needing my account info know which banks I use? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shinnin on Sep 16, 2004 - 14 answers

Can I stop spammers from faking email from my domain?

Perhaps a useless and/or redundant question, but... Sleazoid off-shore prescription drug pushers are spamming using faked addresses on my domain. Is there anything I can do to stop this practice, or am I just another cog in the great wheel of spam?
posted by Dreama on Sep 13, 2004 - 7 answers

Strange Spam

SpamFilter: The last week or two I've been getting the strangest spam, real spam with a wide variety of (normal for spam) message content, that is addressed to some imaginary address at a domain I own, but is posed as a rejection message from the intended recipient's domain. Anyone else who owns a domain having this experience? [more inside]
posted by billsaysthis on Sep 10, 2004 - 6 answers

What's the best spam filter?

spamfilter - whats the latest hot ticket... i've tried cloudmark - and liked it.. what else do people recommend these days?
posted by specialk420 on Sep 9, 2004 - 9 answers

Promoting a website

What should be done (if anything) about a site that is capitalizing on my site's distinctive name and search engine ranking to popularize itself in a way that is totally unrelated to my site?

I run an RSS feed directory with a distinctive name, reasonably good content, and a decent rank in various search engines. Last night a "watch" application told me that 2 new sites now contain my site's domain name in their URLs.

I took a look at both of these sites, and they are simply embedding my domain name in their URLs so that they have a chance of matching on searches for the name. The actual pages are throwaway filler (as is the entire site).

I'm flattered and insulted.

My site's name is not a trademark (perhaps it should be), and I don't want to draw artificial attention to it by posting a link, and I certainly don't want to link to the offending sites.

Has anyone else had something like this happen to them? What can be done?
posted by jeffbarr on Aug 25, 2004 - 0 answers

Comment spam in MT blogs

I came home from my two week vacation to find an enormous amount of comment spam on my MT weblog. I've now read this so I guess I know how to stop it from happening again (if I can figure out all the tech stuff), but deleting is turning out to be a nightmare. Is there some easier way to delete this than going into each post and individually deleting the spam comments?
posted by anastasiav on Aug 23, 2004 - 10 answers

Dealing with spam in Outlook

I've had to give up Thunderbird and start using Outlook 2002 (in order to sync my calendar and tasks with my phone and pda) and now my workflow is being bogged down by spam. Help me inside... [more inside]
posted by FidelDonson on Aug 19, 2004 - 10 answers

Stopping Email Spam

ObfuscationFilter: I know putting a unobfuscated email address on your website is a bad idea these days, mmmkay. So I was wondering how can I put my email address on my website without being spammed to hell and back.
posted by keswick on Aug 15, 2004 - 15 answers

How can I stop receiving all these catalogues?

Catalog spam. I ordered a bed frame online, and was pleased with the result. Since then, however, I've been getting a catalog of some sort or another (Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Linens & Things, etc) almost every day - sometimes more than one. It's driving me crazy. Is there anything I can do short of changing address?
posted by aladfar on Aug 10, 2004 - 4 answers

Is there a way in Movable Type to view and delete comment by comment?

Could be a stupid question here- thought I had good comment spam protection, but alas, overnight I got hit with 3,300 comments. Is there a way in MT to view and delete comment by comment, is there a plug-in for such a thing, is there an end to the madness?! Thanks.
posted by moonbird on Jul 29, 2004 - 14 answers

Rejecting bogus "mail returned" email

Spam-a-lot: Are there spam filters that can reject phony "Mail returned" virus e-mails by comparing the "failed" address to what you've actually sent? Such hoaxes are dominating my daily spam quotient, despite my use of spam-blocker Razor. But it seems like these would be easy enough for a program to detect.
posted by inksyndicate on Jul 28, 2004 - 3 answers

MoveableType Comment Spam

My MT powered blog (version 2.51) has just been hit by over 200 comment spams. Is there some sort of "delete last x comments" command, or do I have to delete them all manually? And how do I stop this happening again? To install MT Blacklist I have to update MT, and I can't do this under the new license because it is a group blog with numerous authors. Please spare me the dullness of repetitive delete button clicking!
posted by Orange Goblin on Jul 8, 2004 - 14 answers

Expensive software at a ridiculously cheap price: What's the catch?

What happens when you try to purchase expensive software for a site that claims to be offering it for a ridiculously cheap price? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 on Jul 3, 2004 - 11 answers

How to get rid of Ebay spam?

SpamFilter: I do some html stuff for friends who run an micro-business which involves lots of sales on eBay. The email address they use for their eBay sales is getting absoloutly flooded with spam - so much so that its nearly unusable. Given the restrictions on what kind of markup code you can put in eBay auctions and have work, can anyone suggest a way that we can somehow encode or camoflauge the address in the auction so that the spam decreases?
(I've already tried this to no avail - eBay's code turns it back into standard characters when we view the source code.)
posted by anastasiav on Jun 26, 2004 - 18 answers

How Do I Configure MT-Blacklist to Block a Specific E-Mail Address?

MT-Blacklist question. I find it to be an incredibly great tool. So far, I've only ever gotten MT spam from one source. The email address is always the same: "hrie@yahoo.com," but because of MT-Blacklist's focus on using the linked-to content as the badge of spam, it only catches about half of these. Is there any way I can configure MT-Blacklist to refuse all comments submitted with this email address? It would seem simple enough... but I can't figure out how.
posted by scarabic on Jun 14, 2004 - 8 answers

What's the deal with Shareexp.us

What's the deal with Shareexp.us? I keep getting emails that someone is trying to share an experience with me, but they won't send it to the listed email, and instead post to this site?
posted by drezdn on Jun 10, 2004 - 5 answers

Spam Catchall

SpamFilter (literally): When setting up an email account for my own domain, I'm setting up a catch-all for any spam or emails that might go to *@mydomain.com. Is it a bad idea, especially with spammers, to have an automated response be sent back saying that address does not exist? [MoIn] [more inside]
posted by MrAnonymous on Jun 10, 2004 - 17 answers

How do I deal with spam when running my own email server?

SpamAssassin is, like, not working. I am dying under the weight of spam. I lie awake at night, crying, wounded. I love my e-mail address. I run my own e-mail server (using qmail and vpopmail). What's a boy to do?
posted by xmutex on Jun 1, 2004 - 24 answers

Email Spoofers

Someone is spoofing email -- making it look like it's coming from me -- and offering to sell people computer equipment. It looks like this is a scam to collect ebay ids. I know about this because one of the guy's emails was returned to me (it couldn't get through to the person he was sending it to). I have his email address. Can I do anything? [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 19, 2004 - 5 answers

AOL Spam

In the last three days I've had 150 emails - 140 of which have been message failures from AOL. They think I've been sending spam emails from random addresses on my domain to random addresses on their domain.

Strangely, I've had no complaints from people about how I am spamming them, but the domain is non-obvious and not advertised on the web. What the hell is happening?
posted by twine42 on May 15, 2004 - 6 answers

How do I keep access logs from filling up with garbage?

Why are my apache access logs filling with garbage? Most of it doesn't seem to be refer spam. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by jragon on May 11, 2004 - 3 answers

Can someone explain to me how to use Mozilla Thunderbird's junk mail controls in 30 words or less?

Can someone explain to me how to use Mozilla Thunderbird's junk mail controls in 30 words or less? [mi] [more inside]
posted by scottandrew on May 8, 2004 - 11 answers

I want to report a spammer, but I am having trouble figuring out where to direct my complaint.

I want to report a spammer, but I am having trouble figuring out where to direct my complaint. I have googled this and looked at a lot of anti-spam sites, but I still have questions. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by TheIrreverend on May 3, 2004 - 3 answers

How Spam Works

A question about SPAM. It's a new trick and I'm wondering how they do it. (more inside.) [more inside]
posted by Jonasio on Apr 30, 2004 - 21 answers

Is it a spambot or is it an ***hole?

Someone (or something) has been leaving comments on my site. Can someone help me determine whether it's a spambot? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by timeistight on Apr 29, 2004 - 5 answers

Old canned spam?

Why are some spam messages predated, often by days and occasionally by years (I just deleted two that were supposedly from the year 2000)? I'm sure there's some technical means to send them that way, but what do they get out of it? How likely am I to see a penis enlargement offer that's hidden on page 66 of my inbox?
posted by languagehat on Apr 25, 2004 - 16 answers

Spam filter recommendations?

God damn the spam. What spam filter would you recommend?
posted by Termite on Apr 13, 2004 - 26 answers

What's the best software for bulk email?

A client wants to send bulk email. What's the best software? Is there a way to get address lists of people who might be interested in the product (shrink film), or do you just buy lists wholesale somewhere? Will I be lost to the Dark Side and land in the spammer's circle of hell if I set this up for them?
posted by muckster on Apr 7, 2004 - 16 answers

Spam Fax Fixers

I remember reading somewhere about a law firm that will pay $25 for each instance in which it successfully sues a company sending out spam faxes. I recall that they needed a minimum of 10 spam faxes and it was completely free of charge. Does this ring any bells?
posted by sharksandwich on Mar 30, 2004 - 2 answers

Who do I report child pornography spam to?

Among the usual deluge of spam to my hotmail account, received a rather graphic solicitation for what appears to be actual kiddie pr0n. I'd like to report this but I'm not sure to whom and how, and I'm reluctant to google on the topic or forward indiscriminately. FBI? (slightly uncomfortable using their online submission form) or someone more local?
posted by jalexei on Mar 21, 2004 - 24 answers

How do spammers know my former home address?

How do spammers know my (former) home address? [more inside, natch] [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Mar 16, 2004 - 4 answers

What's going on with this site?

Can anyone explain to me what's going on with this site? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay on Mar 15, 2004 - 8 answers

Stopping Spam

Where the hell did spammers get my email address and what can I do to stop it? (more) [more inside]
posted by item on Mar 3, 2004 - 16 answers

Passion of The Christ spam bombardment

Over the last few weeks my journal has been bombarded with spam posts about the Passion of Christ, as have the journals of many of my friends. Does anyone know if this is just some random nutjob, or if it's a co-ordinated 'promotion' of the film by some group? [No More Inside]
posted by twine42 on Feb 25, 2004 - 7 answers

Wasarrested.com links in search results

How to get "wasarrested.com" links out of Overture search results, or at least off the first page? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Feb 18, 2004 - 6 answers

Mysterious referrer log URLs

I'm getting a lot of weird URLs in my site's referrer logs that look like this: wysiwyg://5/http://www.mydomain.com/somepage.php. Anybody know what the heck's going on? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by web-goddess on Feb 4, 2004 - 3 answers

Fixing my spam problem

ok, so I've had it up to here with nefarious spammers and other lowlifes spoofing my email addresses, causing my inbox to be filled with bounces and besmirching my and my company's good name. since we're all relatively smart and tech savvy, what exactly has to happen in order to get an authenticating email system to replace what's currently out there? is it an impossible dream?
posted by crunchland on Jan 28, 2004 - 22 answers

Is this spam I've been getting lately, advertising word of mouth exchange?

Has anyone heard of/used word of mouth exchange

I've been getting these emails of late saying someone is looking for info on me. I'm assuming it's just spam. Anyone had any experience with this?
posted by damnitkage on Jan 28, 2004 - 5 answers

Stopping Spoofing Spammers

Anyone care to drop some knowledge about stopping spammers from spoofing your address? [more] [more inside]
posted by Hackworth on Jan 17, 2004 - 5 answers

In urgent need of prescription drugs, male enhancement, and Nigerian nobility.

What is the best way to receive a lot of SPAM quickly? [more inside natch] [more inside]
posted by DBAPaul on Jan 13, 2004 - 19 answers

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