[Techtalk] Dealing with allegedly respectable company who send spam

Billie Erin Walsh bilwalsh at swbell.net
Tue Dec 1 14:10:47 UTC 2009

Most modern e-mail programs either have a spam filter built in or one 
that can be added on. In a very short time they can be trained what you 
think is spam and what you want to see. My e-mail provider has one at 
their end and Thunderbird has a good one. For nineteen years I've used 
the same e-mail address. I get _TONS_ , _KILOTONS_ EVEN_ , of spam. 
Between the two spam filters almost none of it gets into my inbox. Maybe 
two or three a week. If it weren't for those filters my address would be 
unusable. So look for the spam filter settings and turn them on. That 
will help you a lot. If your e-mail doesn't have a spam filter, use 
something else that does.

I look through my junk mail every so often in case something I want to 
see slips through into the wrong place. That way the filter learns what 
I want trashed and what I want to see.

Make sure you have the "Add Address I Reply to My Address Book" turned 
off to. Spam filters use that to see if something should come through. 
Clean out your address book to get rid of all the old unneeded address's 
that have accumulated. If it's not someone you write to all the time you 
don't need it in your address book.

Never NEVER _NEVER_  reply to one of those spam messages. _DO_NOT_ send 
the please stop letter. They know they have a live address if you do. 
They may "officially" stop sending you e-mails but they then give your 
live address to every other spam list in the world and your load doubles.

The best place for spam is the junk file until it is checked, and then 

Treat all stressful situations like a dog does.
If you can't eat it or play with it, 
just pee on it and walk away

Sent with Thunderbird on my Kubuntu Linux Desktop

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