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I HATE spam - christi

Mar. 13th, 2004 08:32 pm I HATE spam

Just went to pull in mail from my daughter's account to screen out spam. Since the last time I pulled it in she's gotten 499 messages... I haven't found one that's not spam yet...

How the f*** does she get on these lists?!?!?

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Date:March 14th, 2004 05:42 am (UTC)
Eh. You don't get on lists, really. The spammers just take every permutation of names they can think of and send out the mail. Or someone who legitimately has one's name in their address book gets a virus and sends the entire address book a crapload of spam.

No one expects the Spanish Inquisition. :)

Best thing to do is get MailWasher and have the satisfaction of sending all the spam right back where it came from with a fake "No such mailbox" message.
Date:March 15th, 2004 01:29 am (UTC)
Actually some of them are lists... I figure whoever had the email before had signed up for some of the lists, but I can't get her taken off.

In some cases, I've been told repeatedly her email would be taken off, but apparently it didn't work. *grrrr*

I haven't tried MailWiper, but I've got Norton Internet Security. Out of 550+ messages I pulled in from the three accounts last night (my primary account and the kids accounts), Norton put all but 50 some into the spam folder. About 2 of the "spam" were incorrectly labelled and about 40 spam were missed. All in all, I think it did pretty well. And at least the worst of the offenders for my daughter are now on the blocked list (they always use the same address).

It floors me that people send pornographic pictures, viagra ads and mortgage/credit reduction ads to an EIGHT year old girl! Personally, I think at least one of the above categories should be a criminal offense.