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Annoying emails

Toonces
April 28th, 2006, 06:16 PM
Every time I go online to check my email I am spammed by about 50 emails from the bank of Africa or someone begging for money, I block the senders but new ones come by the minute. Is anyone else having this problem? How do I make it stop?

Lucky Rescue
April 28th, 2006, 07:39 PM
I had such a problem with this last year that I had to erase my Hotmail account and start all over.

You should also report these emails to the sevice provider. You can usually do this by sending it to abuse @ (yahoo, hotmail or whatever).com

Sometimes I return one of these emails (which you should never do!) and send them a site that contains a Trojan Horse.:D

raingirl
April 28th, 2006, 07:50 PM
THose emails are called "phishing". Based mostly out of nigeria, often called 419 scams. Do some google searching online and there is a ton of info. Actually, the RCMP would love it if you could forward all the 419 scam emails to them, as they are investigating a bunch of them right now. The reason they are called 419 scams, is because that is the section of the penal code in Nigeria that the fraud falls under.

Here is a great website: http://home.rica.net/alphae/419coal/

The worst thing you can do is open them. Most have programming silently built into them (as does most spam) that will send an e-mail back to the sender if it is opened (called Read Receipt). Again, as with most spam, never complete the "please remove me from the mailing list" thing, because that tells the company the email works, and is used, therefore THEY stop sending it to you, but sell your email address to 1000 other companies.

If you have a pay email (like ROgers Yahoo) then create "fake" email addresses and never disclose your real one. That way if you get too much spam, you delete the fake email address and keep your original.

Prin
April 28th, 2006, 10:06 PM
I don't have too much trouble with that (knock on wood), but then, I'm strict about my junk mail settings...

What you can do that helps sometimes (I'm not sure if this is obvious...) is you block the domain, not just the email. A lot of the time, they change the email address all the time, but it's still the same domain.

badger
April 28th, 2006, 10:26 PM
I'd be interested in knowing how to block the domaine, Prin. How does that work?
I get these african spams from time to time. They are so obvious, it's a wonder people buy into them, not to mention badly written.
If you change your mail layout to include a preview window, does that constitute opening the document? If not, that might be one way of seeing them coming.

Schwinn
April 28th, 2006, 10:51 PM
I signed up with a site called http://www.spamcop.net/. They automatically sort through the spam header to determine where it really came from (quite often, the e-mail address is showing a fake ISP, or the wrong one), and send reports to everyone involved. I've had my spam slow down a bit, but if enough people complain to the right places, the spammers get their accounts closed.

I actually once got so angry because I kept getting the same spam sent over and over, then I did about an hour and a half of research, and had the spammer's real e-mail, name and home address. I was going to sign them up for some spam and credit card offers by real mail!:evil:

Prin
April 28th, 2006, 11:07 PM
I'd be interested in knowing how to block the domaine, Prin. How does that work?
I get these african spams from time to time. They are so obvious, it's a wonder people buy into them, not to mention badly written.
If you change your mail layout to include a preview window, does that constitute opening the document? If not, that might be one way of seeing them coming.
In hotmail, you go into "options" then "Block senders" and go from there... In other programs, I'm not sure.:o

jawert1
April 28th, 2006, 11:25 PM
For anyone who has AOL, just click "Report Spam" or PM me and I'll get stuff added to our back end block list. For anyone using Outlook, check your junk mail filters - right mouse click on message and go to Junk Mail then to Junk Mail Options and click on the International Tab. You can add high level domains (example: hotmail.com, gmail.com, etc) to that list, just jot down those fake african addy's and stick them in there.

Toonces
April 29th, 2006, 08:07 AM
Thanks everyone for the great advise, I was getting so frustrated but know I finally know how to go about dealing with this

Melinda
April 29th, 2006, 08:49 AM
go into "tools" and create an email "rule" add the cc from that email, I did that about a year ago, no more spam from African companies, I've also created a rule "viarga" and "enlarge" now I no longer recieve anything containing those words in the subject line

Joey.E.CockersMommy
April 29th, 2006, 06:09 PM
yuppers I have this problem - I block the senders but they still keep coming from different people. Then it says I have new messages and when I open Outlook there is no messages - I assume these are coming from the blocked senders.

I also get wierd emails like - please update your Barclays Bank Account in the UK I have never had bank account in the UK :D then it asks for all my personal info -

like I'm gonna go gee - I must have forgot about that account - gee sure heres all my personal info :p how about a credit card just to sure it works right.:evil: :D

Toonces
April 29th, 2006, 06:36 PM
HAHA funny you mention that I got one of those today asking for my pin numbers for all of my bank accounts. Boy would they be disapointed:rolleyes:

meb999
May 1st, 2006, 12:36 AM
I put my e-mail settings on 'exclusive' -- that way you only receive e-mails from people who's addy you have oon your contact list or people you've e-mailed. Everything else goes into a junk-mail box. I check the junk mail evry week, just to make sure I didn't miss an important e-mail.

I always wondered : is there really such a huge amount of people who need viagra and need body parts enlarged????

Bearsmom
May 1st, 2006, 08:18 AM
I keep getting e mails that we're pre approved for credit cards.

Problem is, they're all issued from and restricted to the USA

Maybe this isn't necessarily a bad thing.....hello, shopping spree!

HunterXHunter
May 1st, 2006, 12:38 PM
Instead of blocking individual addresses, try blocking their domain (@whatever). But only works if they're not using a hotmail, yahoo, gmail or similar accounts, 'cause then you may be blocking out most of your mail