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Reporting Spam

How to report unwanted e-mail to sender's ISP? I've asked not to be sent any more emails but sender continues--just to annoy me. Besides reporting to the FTC, how can I report it, should I report it to the senders ISP?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jul 12, 2005 - 9 answers

What's the safest way to put a clickable e-mail address on the web?

E-mail obfuscators. Is it even worth it? Surely spam harvesters have evolved to the point where almost nothing is a sure thing, but what's the safest way to put a clickable e-mail address on the web? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Jun 25, 2005 - 27 answers

Should I bother to FWD phishing attempts

Someone tries to phish me every day. Until recently, I have dutifully FWDed these attempts to spoof@whatever.com. As phishing has become even more ubiquitous, it occurs to me that there's no way that the target companies can possibly wade through it all. Should I bother FWDing the attempts?
posted by trharlan on Jun 6, 2005 - 9 answers

My emails to various AOL addresses get rejected...

My emails to various AOL addresses get rejected... [more inside]
posted by stevejensen on Jun 2, 2005 - 11 answers


I need some suggestions for cookbooks with really odd recipes. Cookbooks that have colorful themes or contain recipes that always seem to list canned peaches or SPAM in their ingredients are good for starters but anything really bizarre, unique, or old-timey will do.
posted by rokabiri on May 23, 2005 - 18 answers

spam filter for outlook POP

I'm using Outlook 2000 and the built-in"keyword" spam filtering is a joke. ("viagra" is on my list, and a search of my inbox finds 29 emails with that word, even after running the rule manually.) What are people using on the client side to filter spam with Outlook (using POP, not Exchange)? No challenge/response, please, as this is used for business. The free-er the better.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Apr 29, 2005 - 16 answers

SpamAssasin blacklisting

Can anyone help me sort out some particulars regarding how whitelisting and blacklisting works with SpamAssasin? [more inside]
posted by spilon on Apr 22, 2005 - 6 answers

Why am I getting hits from poker sites?

In the "links from external pages" section of my blog's statistics, I'm getting hits from a lot of different poker websites. They don't seem to actually be linking to me, though. Is this some sort of strange spam thing? What is going on?
posted by buriednexttoyou on Apr 19, 2005 - 8 answers

Are you getting a lot of stock-related spam on Gmail lately?

In the last couple of weeks Gmail's normally-astute spam filtering has totally given up the ghost in one specific area: stock spam. It seems like every single stock spam slips past the filter and ends up in my inbox. At the moment every other time I get a new email it comes with a subject like "Leading auth0rity On l0w priced st0cks". Anyone else having the same issue? Has Gmail's spam filter started to show cracks?
posted by LondonYank on Apr 13, 2005 - 12 answers

What if I get spam from myself?

Both at work and at home, I occasionally get spam where the return address is my own. I'm guessing spammers mine for valid email addies to make their messages appear more legit, but it still kind of bothers me that spam is going out under my name. Should I be worried about this, or is it just a case of harmless techno-stress? Is there a fairly simple way of preventing this?
posted by Doohickie on Apr 9, 2005 - 4 answers

What are gibberish spam comments for?

Recently my blog has been getting comments consisting of gibberish linking to gibberish URLs. Unlike normal spam, they cannot be removed en masse via MT-Blacklist and have to be pried out one by one, and there's no way of preventing more of them without moving to pre-authorized comments (which this may force me to do). My question: cui bono? Who's getting something out of this? [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Apr 5, 2005 - 14 answers

Are product tester promotions a scam?

Has anyone signed up for one of these sketchy-looking "get free stuff for being a product tester" sites? (example.) What disaster, if any, has befallen you? What expensive personal electronic devices, if any, have you received for "free"?
posted by Tubes on Mar 10, 2005 - 10 answers

1,378 Deliver Status Notification Emails can't be good.

I have a domain hosted through a pretty reputable hosting company. The associated email that I check about once a week and usually yields no more than five to ten offers to refinance my home now has 1,378 "Delivery Status Notification: Failure" emails in it. Is this bad? What should I do?
posted by jennyb on Mar 7, 2005 - 7 answers

My emails are being flagged as spam

Emails I send are being flagged as spam. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 26, 2005 - 20 answers

Press Release or Spam?

Is it a press release or is it spam? Or both? [more inside]
posted by jca on Feb 24, 2005 - 10 answers

think before you spam

A large client i do some work for is considering sending out a targetted 20k unsolicited email. I need some good arguments and facts against it. [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Feb 19, 2005 - 14 answers

Partner referral tracking application?

Name that application: a client is looking to move their partner referral tracking online and I would like to avoid hand-coding a solution for various reasons. But I'm having trouble finding suitable "boxed" solutions as most Google results are for "referral tracking" of the spamish kind. Detailed description inside. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma on Feb 10, 2005 - 4 answers

How can I stop referer spam?

I am looking for some tips on reducing or eliminating referer spam. Has anyone had successes they can share?
posted by bluno on Feb 7, 2005 - 5 answers

Please recommend a free spam filter for Outlook Express

What is a decent, free spam filter for Outlook Express? Suggestions that I use another mail client are not necessary.
posted by pieoverdone on Feb 5, 2005 - 11 answers

example.com in my site statistics

Why do I have so many referrer entries for www.example.com in the web stats for my site? [more inside]
posted by fletchmuy on Jan 18, 2005 - 8 answers

What can I do about a spammer using my email address?

A spammer is sending out spam using MY email address and name as the sender. I am getting hundreds of bounced emails now. Is there any way to stop this from continuing, or happening in the first place?
posted by bluno on Jan 8, 2005 - 18 answers

Comment spam on my blog?

Comment Spam question. Recently I've been hit with hundreds of comment spams to my weblog (MT 3.0 w/ mt-blacklist). The funny thing is the links aren't to the normal kind of sites. The domain names are randoms letters that don't resolve and the text is usually a person's name. For example the link might be 'Lucille' with the domain of xzxesfseor.com.

Why are the comment spammers doing this? Are they attempting to overwhelm the blacklist systems with nonsense? Any explanations?
posted by Argyle on Dec 29, 2004 - 16 answers

Spam filter for Mac OS 9 with Outlook Express?

SpamFilter: My Dad is using a Mac G3, OS 9.2 with Outlook Express. He is in need of a good anti-spam program. He is a smart guy, but not the most computer savvy. I use Mailwasher on my computer (PC). I think it would be good for him (easy to use, straight-forward interface), but there is not a Mac version. Any recommendations?
posted by ObscureReferenceMan on Dec 25, 2004 - 9 answers

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

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