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Old 12-19-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Simmering in DFW
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I am CONSTANTLY getting Viagra spam and wonder why I am targeted for this stuff. I was born before 1960 but I am female. There is not a day I don't have more spam for Viagra. How can I stop this? I have never gone on any website looking for Viagra and I don't think DH will ever need to take it.

Any suggestions on how to rid my email addresses of this?
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Old 12-19-2010, 01:05 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Everyone gets it. Is your email not filtering it as a spam? You might look at your settings.
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Old 12-19-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I have one email account that has been in use for family and a select few people for at least six years and it doesn't get any spam. Even my common email addy gets less than twenty spam a day after being public for over ten years. I use a text-only email reader. That means that none of the little one-pixel gifs or other reporting tags ever get activated. HTML email is a security risk.
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:00 PM
 
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Most email programs have a filter you can use yourself, while it's not practical to try and eliminate all spam with it you can get rid of the most obvious.

If you're using outlook live email go to tools>> message rules>> mail

From here you can set up a specific action to be taken, for example if the title contains viagara you can have it deleted.

Last edited by thecoalman; 12-19-2010 at 10:30 PM..
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Most of the Viagra spam I receive has forged hotmail return addresses, and points to sites calling themselves mycanadianpharmacy.com. It turns out they are not a pharmacy at all, but a large Russian or Eastern European identity theft ring. They have registered an enormous number of domains, and set up a huge number of web sites and name servers - at least in the hundreds, if not thousands (most likely automated registration). When they steal someone's identity, they often use their name and credit cards to register their bogus domains, web sites, and name servers, causing even more grief to the people whose identity has been stolen.

My Canadian Pharmacy - Spamwiki
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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Contact your host if you use them for your email address. They should have options available to stop email before it ever gets to your inbox.
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I had a trojan that was screwing with my computer. It was taking stuff from my mailing list and sending emails to other people. The subject heading would say, [No subject]. I had to clean up all our computers a couple of times to make sure it was gone and that emails weren't still sending emails. I used both MalwareBytes AntiMalware and SuperAntiSpyware. Sorry, forgot the name of the trojan.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:30 PM
 
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Contact your host if you use them for your email address. They should have options available to stop email before it ever gets to your inbox.
Web based access to my ISP email (charter) allows me to flag/delete spam, which in turn says that it has been forwarded to their abuse center or something along those lines. Can't tell that it has ever stopped anything.

Gmail, after years and years of use with multiple accounts, I believe that only 1 piece of spam has made it through their filters. If Google can do it, why can't everyone else?
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:01 PM
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Location: Tyler, TX
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Gmail, after years and years of use with multiple accounts, I believe that only 1 piece of spam has made it through their filters. If Google can do it, why can't everyone else?
I use google apps for my primary personal domain's email, and we also use them (paid apps acct) for our business email. I also have a regular ol' gmail account. I get a fair amount of spam on all of them. Less on the gmail account, but it's only used for one specific thing, and the address just hasn't had much of a chance to get out into the wild. I get plenty of spam on my apps accounts, though.

Google does a little better than my own mail servers do, which are all using stock debian spamassassin packages in conjunction with greylisting, but not much. The big plus I see with google over my setup is that they're not introducing the greylisting delay, which isn't really that huge of a deal in most cases.
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Old 12-31-2010, 11:55 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I get the same stuff as well. However I have checked with out opening the email and find that the source address from where it’s sent is always changed from the last time they sent it, also the address that they are sending it to “is not me” and it too is altered each time they send it out. Somehow it gets to me, and there is no filtering that can stop it. I’ve blocked the originating email ip or name and they simply change it a few days later. The strange part is that they send it to XYZ and yet it ends up in my mailbox. I guess it’s forwarded to me somehow?

It’s always Viagra, Canadian Meds or Rolex watches that they push.
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