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Spam email - your approach to handling

Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
9 Nov 2012 2:55PM
I'm notice a growth in certain types of spam email lately. How do you manage yours?

If someone doesn't like the mail ePHOTOzine sends out they can click the unsubscribe option and we will take them off the list that they originally asked to be put on.

But the stuff I'm getting has been found on some list somewhere that's circulating in the spammer communities. It's unrequested and unwelcome.

The problem is that much of this is sent on speculation, and if you click the unsubscribe button it's used in the wrong way. The spammer then knows for certain that the email is good and you end up on a new list of "more valuable emails" and the spam grows.

So how do you get off these lists. You want to email them and tell them to "go """"" themselves" but doing so will also put you in the "this person really exists" category.

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whipspeed 13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 2:58PM
I think some you can report to the Information Commissioners Office Pete, you fill in an online form and they can stop them. I was getting spam texts completely unrelated to me from a debt company, one a day for over 2 months. I filled in the form and they stopped the next day. Apparently they can now prosecute quite heavily and I think the same applies to email spam.
Andy_Cundell 7 1.1k 5 England
9 Nov 2012 3:06PM
Try and stop them before they hit your client. I use Virgin e-mail and set the spam filters on there to certain words so they are deleted before I download my mail via outlook.

JJGEE 13 7.2k 18 England
9 Nov 2012 3:24PM
Generally I just ignore them, mark them as junk without even looking at the content.... I can usually tell just by the title & sender's name.

I believe these "junk" tags get seen by my e-mail system which then prevents them subsequently getting through.

I did have several a while ago all with the same e-mail " @xxx.com "

So I contacted the Company via their website.

Apparently those sending me the e-mails were undesirables and had no relationship with the Company, who thanked me for reporting it together with an apology assuring me it would be dealt with.

It was. Smile
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 3:34PM
On the subject of spam, I seem to be getting regular spam comments on my foliopic website, despite having 'image verification' set. Any further ideas how to stop it?
ikett 7 545 England
9 Nov 2012 3:39PM
I've had a couple of known contacts mails trapped by spam filter, turned out their accounts had been hacked and were being used to distribute malware.

One was with BT who took it very seriously and actully traced the hacker, the other was with Sky who just said "change your password".
Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 3:50PM
My ISP filters most of it. Every company I sign up to, I give them a unique email address on one of my domains, and if they start spamming and getting through the filter, I kill that address.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 5:38PM
I've used mailwasher free for a long time now and it does a good job. You can blacklist email addresses etc.

here it is:

collywobles 14 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 5:59PM

Quote:I'm notice a growth in certain types of spam email lately. How do you manage yours?

I dont respond to any emails that have massive circulation email addresses in them even if its from my best friend. I limit my contacts list and anyone I am not in recent communication with I remove from my contacts list. I delete any email that contains those stupid "pass this on" if you like a dog, cat, soldier etc etc. I dont click on links in emails whoever it is from.

Its difficult to avoid all SPAM but using my rules I do not receive many spam emails.
Paul Morgan 17 19.1k 6 England
9 Nov 2012 6:07PM
99% of the spam I get is filtered and ends up in the spam folder.

But its increased ten fold just recently, its mostly crap about claiming back ppi or injury compensation.
9 Nov 2012 6:11PM
Maybe with the ICO not prosecuting, or not prosecuting a great deal, has meant that these spammers can get away with alot more. I've certainly noticed alot more at work, and alot more phone spam/marketing calls too.
Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 7:04PM
I'm thinking I might have my spam filter set too high, so I've missed that vital email from the National Lottery....
thewilliam 9 6.1k
9 Nov 2012 9:27PM
Recently, a lot of good email has been steered into the spam box.
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
10 Nov 2012 11:59AM
Ive started to get it on my new website, its e-mail sender is change, but coming from g-mail. Asking me to go and get Diablo 3 gold. Dipsticks!
Big Bri 17 16.4k United Kingdom
10 Nov 2012 1:32PM
If it's from the contact form on your website, rather than a published email address, you should add a Captcha onto it, to stop bots from posting with it.

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