[SPAM SCORE 0]....What The Heck ??

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Montano, Aug 2, 2003.

  1. Montano macrumors regular

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    The last few days, my emails have been arriving with this [SPAM SCORE 0] before the subject. I thought it was something to do with OS X's Mail program, so I started using Entourage for my mail, and now it's doing the same thing. Anyone else had this happen lately ? What is it, and how do I get rid of it ?
     
  2. jMc macrumors 6502

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    Has your mail provider/ISP instituted some server side spam filtering? Might be worth checking...

    jx
     
  3. Montano thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have Comcast.net for my ISP. Haven't heard anything about new spam filters.
     
  4. rice_web macrumors 6502a

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    My local co-op started attaching a "SPAM Score" to message subjects, and about a month later, they announced a new SPAM filter. You may begin to notice that the SPAM score changes, which might indicate that they are ready to use a new SPAM filter.
     
  5. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    my friends mail server marks junk mail with **JUNK** before each message but he can't get outlook to move the messages in the correct fashion. I laughed and told him that mail sorts mine...
     
  6. bellis1 macrumors 6502

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    Filter

    The provider I uses a similar filtering system. Does it look something like:

    ****SPAM score: 29.60**** Women: Orgasm Rapidly

    If it looks similar I can find out what filter it is. The one my provider uses works very well and barely ever catches wrong messages. It makes it so nice to quickly sort through all that SPAM.
     
  7. Nermal Moderator

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    Yeah, I agree with everyone here, it's something that your mail provider's doing. My dad's mail provider does this and he finds it very useful. I use a different provider which doesn't do it, but that's OK because I don't get spam anyway (can you believe this? :D)
     
  8. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    Just a quick question about Spam/Junk Mail since I don't know much about it. Just recently I've been getting a lot of Junk Mail and Spam sent to my .Mac account. This NEVER happened until just a few months ago. The thing is that absolutely nobody has my e-mail address except very close friends and family. I've never used that address for any mailing lists, business transactions, ebay, anything whatsoever, etc. I use a seperate Yahoo address for all that crap. How do all these Spammers suddenly have my address? How does this work?
     
  9. crenz macrumors 6502a

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    1. You posted your e-mail address somewhere in a guestbook or something similar, and forgot about it, or

    2. You are the victim of a dictionary attack. Works like this: Generate a few million likely names (using so-called dictionary files). Attach popular domains like "@hotmail.com", "@yahoo.com", "@mac.com" and send it out. For the illegal addresses, you will get bounces (mail server notifications). The rest enters the e-mail list.

    :(
     
  10. tjwett macrumors 68000

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    nutty.
     

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