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It seems I've been getting more spam lately on Bellsouth.net.... I run Norton 360, CCleaner, Superantispyware & Malwarebytes. I also noticed the past 2 days part of the spam is dated 2 days ahead.... any ideas what could be going on??

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Re: spam

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You can't influence who's sending spam to you, when they do it and how often they do it.
All you can do is using a spam filter, either with Bellsouth (if they offer that) or on your PC. Ccleaner, SAS and MBAM aren't spam filters.

Changing your email address once a year is a rather good solution. But that does have its own disadvantages.

Kees

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dates on spam

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Has anyone else had spam dated as, for instance, Thu. 8/22/13 ??

I am not sure what to make of this???

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Yep, I Just Delete It WITHOUT Checking Dates

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If an email isn't from someone I know, I delete them all wholesale, without checking the junk inside.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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ever heard of telemarketers?

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Yes, I have...haven't you noticed that the telemarketers of yore ( landline phones ) are now on the internet? Someone by the name Of Paul wants to send me $625.66 cents all the time. I've been on pc's since 1985, and like everything else in life, it was a pleasure at the beginning...the more advanced we get, the more problems we get. Each time I sign on, I have to open my emails and spend time deleting the spam.

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not surprising

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Quite simple, really. Before, you weren't on too many bulk mailing lists. Somehow, your email address was "released into the wild". There are many ways this could happen, but even if you do everything right, once enough spammers have your email address, the spam can grow exponentially. Just opening an email with HTML viewing enabled can signal the sender that he's got a "live one", making your email address even more valuable for resale to more spammers. As for the date, nearly everything in the header of an email can easily be forged by the sender. I can only guess that the sender puts a future date so that if the email stays in your inbox for a while, it will always be shown first, at the top, getting the most attention.

Last, there are several ways to reduce spam and while you didn't ask for any advice, there's one simple and under-utilized way to nearly eliminate spam from cluttering everyone's inbox. This may be inconvenient for some, but it depends on your point of view about email in general. If you think of it as something purely for your benefit on your terms only, then do this; set up a white list of people and companies you deal with and accept email only from those senders. With all other emails, set your email program to delete them. Don't even send them to your spam folder. If possible, do this at the server level through your ISP. This does get a little hard to manage if you buy stuff or pay bills on line, but still possible to manage. What if someone wants to legitimately contact you, maybe a friend gave another friend your email address, etc.? I say, tough. If you accept this way of thinking, then there's no such thing as a legitimate way to contact me by email unless you have my previous consent and have asked me through some other means to be added to my address book.

Oh, and you'll still get a little bit of spam, when a spammer forges an email seemingly from one of your friends or even from yourself, or when one of your friends gets hacked, but this doesn't happen very often.

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Create a filter to automatically remove unwanted spam

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Email spammers use a variety of methods to mass-spam people across the net. The best way I found to handle it is by creating a filter that blacklists the spam email sender and automatically deletes any messages without me having to interact with them directly.

One trick they use is a link inside the email itself which says "Click Here To Stop These Messages" which is most likely not what it says and will in fact add you to even more mailing lists. If at any point you clicked one of those, odds are that's the reason you noticed more spam being sent and the more you click on "Stop" the more lists you get added to. It's a dirty trick that is not very well known but should be.

As for the dates saying it's from the future, that's an exploit involving the email header in which the information is modified so you think it's coming from a specific date or from a specific sender. I've also seen them and immediately blacklisted the email sender which prevents further spam messages.

Grin

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