e-mail spam for penny stocks

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by andiwm2003, Jun 19, 2006.

  1. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    Hi,

    For about two to three month i get every day two or three mails from random name/mail adress combinations with random mail subjects (like: Bab Foster [nlj@cccssdic.org], Subject: overthrown inspired). They contain investment recommendations for junk stocks as image so that you can't filter them for text. So far it was limited to my work mail adress.

    Now i got a similar one on my apple mail account.:eek:

    This seriously sucks.:mad:

    Does anybody know how to successful filter that crap?

    And who the heck pays for sending them out. I can't imagine it's the companies itself because they can be tracked. I rather think it's a group of daytraders who try to hype a stock so that they can make a few bucks.

    But who is dumb enough to buy penny stocks advertized by e-mail spam?

    Isn't there a way to get those guys and beat them up and lock them up for live or boil them in oil or so?

    Spammers really suck.:mad:
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    All it takes is a handful of suckers to make a spammer's subject-matter work.
    If a million people successfully get the spam and 1% actually opens it, reads it, and follows it..
     
  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    The junk mail filter in Outlook 2003 catches these messages without any difficulty. I don't know if the same is true for the filter in Entourage 2004, but it might be.
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    It depends on your email client..
     
  5. andiwm2003 thread starter macrumors 601

    andiwm2003

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    my outlook at work filter only catches a third of them. and on my mac account i use mail.

    usually our provider at work filters spam quite successfully. but this junk stock spam gets through.

    oh, i hate those guy's. i wish them two broken arms and itching hemorrhoids so that they can't scratch......................
     
  6. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Mail didn't catch the first few of the recent binge I've seen over the last week or so, but it's nabbing them all now for me.
     
  7. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    These spam messages were the first to find their way to one of my email addresses, which I THOUGHT I had been very careful about giving out. I guess it could just be a brute force attack on my domain, but I'm not happy regardless. I, too, get 2-3 per day. Right now, I just keep marking them as junk and deleting them. I'm sure Mail would catch them if I set up my junk mailbox, but I just really don't want to resort to that. ):
     
  8. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

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    Entourage 04 catches all that junk for me as well.
     
  9. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

    elfin buddy

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    I've seen a few of those penny-stock emails in the last week, but not enough to really piss me off. Actually, what's really irking me are the blank spam emails I've been getting lately. No subject, no content, no images. Nothing. Thankfully, Mail catches them all and labels them accordingly, so getting rid of them would just be a matter of telling Mail to automatically delete all junk mail.
     
  10. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It's tough to filter on title or sender because the spammers can randomize both.

    Check with your ISP to see if they have a spam rating service -- these typically assign a numerica estimate (1 - 10 or 1 - 100) of how spammish the email is, depending on an analysis of the content and/or sending servers, and then append a line to the header like : X-SpamRating = 8. You can then filter for a value of greater than X in the ISP's header entry.
     
  11. billyboy macrumors 65816

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    I was getting the same spam emails using an image instead of text, but after using Junkmatcher (which amongst other things creates three rules in Mail preferences) and marked each spam as Junk, with in three days they are no more.
     
  12. nived macrumors member

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    Just as I opened this thread, Notes chimes in and alerts me that I have a new memo! Guess what it is? That's right, some penny stock is about to go down in history and I must get in on it now... this is the first one I've gotten at work before. :eek:
     
  13. eva01 macrumors 601

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    none of them are getting through my own filters on Mail for my .Mac account
     

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