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SeanC

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I have an account that unfortunately had the address posted on usenet or somewhere on the web years ago. Ever since then, tons of spam daily.

until this week. Now it's a trickle. Now Road Runner might have installed something, or my attempt to delete the mail from the server before it's ever opened may have helped get off some lists. I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing a drop in spam? Maybe related to the recent rule making/debate in Congress and some spammers getting busted and fined?

Sean

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Spam is a scourge.

I have changed various accounts because of spam and I'll continue doing so as long as spammers are free out there to act.

Also, I always hide my mail from forums. I used to not and paid the consequences from lamers.

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I receive more than ever! There have been a major increase in adult spam lately, and they are all similar.

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I receive more than ever!  There have been a major increase in adult spam lately, and they are all similar.

Ditto. Most irritating. :(

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I get about 5-6 per week (yes, that's week, not day) over the last couple of weeks. And this is a major increase for me, since I used to get about 1 or 2 per week. Your ISP is probably doing some basic blocking.

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I get about 5-6 per week (yes, that's week, not day) over the last couple of weeks. And this is a major increase for me, since I used to get about 1 or 2 per week. Your ISP is probably doing some basic blocking.

May I say lucky you ? ; )

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No drop in spam for me. The viagra guys are really pushing hard lately. I'm receiving 4-6 viagra spams every day. Sometimes more.

I send spam complaint emails for every single one of them. The spam seems to mostly come from China, Brazil, Italy, sometimes from Korea and Venezuela. The sys admins in China are the worst. There's an abuse account I sent email to which bounce back saying "mailbox full". I guess they just set up a garbage mailbox and totally ignore abuse complaint emails. What losers!

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No drop in spam for me.  The viagra guys are really pushing hard lately.  I'm receiving 4-6 viagra spams every day.  Sometimes more.

I send spam complaint emails for every single one of them.  The spam seems to mostly come from China, Brazil, Italy, sometimes from Korea and Venezuela.  The sys admins in China are the worst.  There's an abuse account I sent email to which bounce back saying "mailbox full".  I guess they just set up a garbage mailbox and totally ignore abuse complaint emails.  What losers!

Aint complaining asking for more in these matters?

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By the way, a lot of spam today have nothing to do with the fact that you have posted or exposed your email address at any time. A lot of spammers do dictionary attacks on smtp servers, basically trying different permutations of letters for username and asking the smtp server if this user exists. If you want less spam, try using a longer username containing random letters, like "asdassdjfsdjfhkdsfs@earthlink.net" or something like that. :)

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No drop in spam for me.  The viagra guys are really pushing hard lately.  I'm receiving 4-6 viagra spams every day.  Sometimes more.

I send spam complaint emails for every single one of them.  The spam seems to mostly come from China, Brazil, Italy, sometimes from Korea and Venezuela.  The sys admins in China are the worst.  There's an abuse account I sent email to which bounce back saying "mailbox full".  I guess they just set up a garbage mailbox and totally ignore abuse complaint emails.  What losers!

Aint complaining asking for more in these matters?

Well, in most cases I don't think it's the domain operator that's spamming me. I think it's a user in the domain that's the spammer.

If you want to look up where to send complaint emails, these two websites are the best:

http://www.arin.net/whois/

http://abuse.net/lookup.phtml

In any case, if the spam came from a well known ISP in the states, you should definitely complain. Most likely, they'll deal with the spammer within several days. I'm talking about ISPs like comcast, verizon, sbc etc.

Also, when you look for the source of the spam, look for the header that shows where your own mail server got the mail from, and no further (any header underneath that one could be forged).

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it's a pity that my server has died cuz otherwise I'd be working on installing POP3, SMTP, and IMAP mail servers on it right now..and migrating the stuff OFF of Hotmail. Though...I'd kinda keep the Hotmail active..in which I'd actually BE looking for spammers then so that I can block their IP addresses (plus the rest of their neighborhood/street/city/county/province/country)......hehe....*EVIL GRINS*.

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Most likely i have ben blocking all of them and i get about 5~14 a day, used to get like no lie 340 a week so now i have it controlled.

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My Yahoo address is unfiltered and I leave it everywhere, and I get roughly 30 spam per day there. I'm ditching it.

My domain on my server gets about one piece per month. No filtering, I'm just careful who I give it to.

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Isn't it true that there's actually a Program that seeks for E-Mail Addresses ? i think my friend told me he had something like that to spam E-Mails on selling computers.

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Where would it seek? TTBOMK, there is no worldwide listing of email addresses. And since I own and host my own domain, I can always create a new address and send all old email to the old address to /dev/null.

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well i am the admin for two different mail servers and roughly 10 email domains. We've been getting a steady increase in spam attempts. It helps that we use several different rbl's (real time blacklists) and in our firewall we plonk repeat offenders. Our spam section of the firewall is over 400 entries now, and we plonk /24's at a mininum.

For fellow mail admins, try these rbl's.

bl.spamcop.net

blackholes.easynet.nl

dynablock.easynet.nl

relays.osirusoft.com

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maybe roadrunner has done something nice for us then! One trick spammers have been using to "verify" if the address is correct is to hide a piece of code that pulls a graphic from the web. That graphic has a specific tag that identifies you. If your email programs "previews" the email, viola! you're listed as being a real address that is working...and you get MORE spam!

The address I use for work receives NO spam. One of the addresses I use for temp stuff, subscriptions, forums, etc, was getting 10+ a day. Now it seems to be two to three. I'm wondering if I'm seeing some success from logging into the mail server and deleting spam before it's ever read. I really hope we can get some laws with a bite to go after these idiots. Then we need to RAISE the postage price on junk mail that arrives into my street mail box.

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Where would it seek?  TTBOMK, there is no worldwide listing of email addresses.  And since I own and host my own domain, I can always create a new address and send all old email to the old address to /dev/null.

Im not sure its probably works the way SeanC explained.

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I check about 12 addresses on a regular basis. Lots of spam, but I've learned not to let it bug me.

If you're anything like me, you've learned to scan a list of headers in a split second, pick out the legit pieces and flush the rest. Works for me.

Piyono

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