Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10 Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1439 times:
This spam shit is driving me nuts. I used to get it all the time in my free e-mail accounts such as Gmail and Hotmail...but now I'm getting it even in the mail I use at home with my ISP...and I pay an extra bloody 10 bucks a month to get their anti-virus and anti-spam thingy...but I still ended up getting this:
I am one of the Personal Assistance to the late President Gnassingb Eyadma
of Togo. I will not like to waste your time.
I am looking for someone to be my friend OR Business partner that I can
trust to handle some part of the money the President wanted to go and deposit
in Switzerland three weeks before he died.
I am Presently in Ivory coast Because I cannot go back to my country TOGO
As soon as you get intouch with me I will tell you all the modalities that
is invovled in this project.
I am waiting for your quick reply to my confidential email address email@example.com
for clarification it is very important.
I will explain in details after your response in the next mail.
Please click to this site
to understand what I am about to make you aware.
DR NENE KOFFI DANIELS
Arghhhh...what can I do to stop getting such crap? This e-mail I use at home is very important...and I can't delete the account. Any suggestions? Anyone else get such crap in their e-mails?
If you would give to me your account number and personal information, I will deposit into your account $500,000 (USD) which I received in confidence from a Mr. Bill Gates with which you could hire a contractor to code an anti-spam software for sales on the Globals world market.
Seriously, I use a cheap piece of software called Spam Bully that does an amazing job of catching SPAM. What I really like about it is the ability to configure it to 'punish' spammers by sending back what look like server reject messages. You can configure it to send the rejects back multiple times even. I've seen my incoming spam drop about 20%, and the rest is diverted into a junk folder so I don't ever see it (if I don't want to).
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EWWForEver From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1426 times:
I get one or two of those type emails everyday.
Some email programs are better about filtering out the junk and spam as well, so maybe you should think about switching programs or utilizing some of the features on your existing browser.
Mozilla Thunderbird and Netscape programs are better than some versions of Outlook.
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2242 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1414 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 2): Seriously, I use a cheap piece of software called Spam Bully that does an amazing job of catching SPAM. What I really like about it is the ability to configure it to 'punish' spammers by sending back what look like server reject messages. You can configure it to send the rejects back multiple times even. I've seen my incoming spam drop about 20%, and the rest is diverted into a junk folder so I don't ever see it (if I don't want to).
Does it really work and where did you get it?
i get a few of those but they are not like the ones you posted.
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Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4344 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Quoting CcrlR (Reply 4): Does it really work and where did you get it?
I like it a lot. It basically supplants Outlook or Outlook Express's filter function. You can use it at any number levels, from just a simple spam blocker to a full fledged positive-verification filter. And they let you try it for free:
AirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2477 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1385 times:
Quoting ,reply=0: I am waiting for your quick reply to my confidential email address firstname.lastname@example.org
LOL! since when has a yahoo email address been confidential??
btw I have gotten a very similar email about a year ago. It also seems to fit more to the date when Togos president died, because if you click the bbc link which is provided, you can see that he died early 2005
Dougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1359 times:
Quoting Searpqx (Reply 8): I like it a lot. It basically supplants Outlook or Outlook Express's filter function. You can use it at any number levels, from just a simple spam blocker to a full fledged positive-verification filter. And they let you try it for free:
You can do a lot with the OE message rules function. I've got it set up and it automatically dumps about 75 per cent of the spam that comes through here.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1342 times:
I have to take cases of e-mail abuse and I can tell you that mails like the one posted are many times sent through e-mail addresses that are not forged.
Many spammers have the habit of forging the origin of the e-mail, by modifying the full message header, making it look like it came from different address. There are programmes out, with which they can send such messages without getting traced. However, IP addresses cannot be forged and in cases of forged message headers and addresses, you can still trace them back through the IP address. This will allow you to contact the ISP, so their internet access can be shut down for a TOS violation.
In the case of Hotmail address, check the message header for two lines: X-Originating IP and X-Originating E-mail. If a spam message, that appears to be from Hotmail, has these two lines in the message headers, then it's very likely the mail did come from a Hotmail address. In that case, you can forward the e-mail with the full message headers to email@example.com, so they can shut down the address.
Spam filters are in the end never fool proof. If you know how to trace IP address and read the message headers for their origin, report the e-mail and at least you can continue to help the fight against spam, by helping ISPs and e-mail providers detect such terms of service violations.