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Old May 26th, 2005, 08:42 AM   #1
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"Mail" Spam Problem Solved

I have been using an e-mail address in Apple's "Mail" program that has been published weekly as a means of reply for readers of my columns. I also have a personal address and a .Mac address in the same Mail program.

About a month ago, I started to get up to 30 spam messages a day, all of them in German. I suspected one of my readers was the cause of the spamming, but what to do? I sure did not want to change a well known and used address.

I then decided to use the "bounce" feature of Mail.

Each day I carefully "bounced" every spam message that came my way. In many cases the message would just disappear, but the mail administrator would e-mail me back occasionally that my message could not be delivered. I simply deleted these notices.

Suddenly this week, all spamming stopped, and I have not had one spam message in that mail box for a whole week now.

I am pretty sure the "bounce" technique is what did the trick, so I thought I would post this, in case anyone else might be having a spam problem and want to try the method.

If you do, be patient and keep "bouncing" as it took nearly three weeks for the spam to stop.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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In most cases I don't think it's likely to help, since they usually don't use their own email addresses in the From line anyway. My ISP has a spam filter that works practically flawlessly. I don't think it's based on content filtering. The only time it ever made a false positive was when I got an email from a friend using a Chinese Yahoo! account. It misses things occasionally. I'd check wiith your service provider to see if you can get a similar service.
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Each spam message comes with "TELUS Detected Spam" in the subject line. Nice of them to let me know what I know.

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Each spam message comes with "TELUS Detected Spam" in the subject line. Nice of them to let me know what I know.

If you go to your Telus account settings, you can change it so it doesn't send those to you. (There's 3 settings, nothing, mark with "TELUS Detected Spam", then automatically filter (or something like that).)
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Old May 27th, 2005, 03:34 PM   #5
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I have most of my spam under control via SpamSieve but would like to eliminate the bandwidth of downloading the information. ( Not that it takes all that much )

I am going to try bouncing all the spam for a week and see what happens...


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