HELP! I am being e-mail bombed!!

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  1. JasenP

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    I logged into my hotmail account this morning to find 600 porn spams in my junk mail folder. I now have it set to delete all e-mail filtered as junk mail but I am worried because occasionaly legitimate e-mail is filtered into my junk e-mail box.

    Aaaaaaarrrrgggghhhhh!!!

    WTF!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????
     
  2. Craig Chatterton

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    There's a couple of things you can do.

    First - abandon your existing Email address. I know it'll be a pain, but it's already on what sounds like a TON of mailing lists - good luck getting them all off. It'll be far easier to just let your friends and listservers know you're moving.

    Second - Set up TWO Email addresses. One you only give out to friends, etc. The other you use to sign on to all the websites you use, order DVDs, etc. That one gets all the spam. Hopefully your main one will stay clean for a while (but it will eventually get on some lists).

    Three - Use that Junkmail filter in Hotmail. It actually works pretty good. To use it well though - occasionally go through your Junk Mail folder and look for stuff that's not supposed to be junk. You can mark it as not junkmail and Hotmail will remember and not filter it next time. Eventually Hotmail will know what's good and what's spam.

    My setup is like that. I have one Email address in Yahoo I give to my friends and HTF and other trusted websites. I have another in hotmail that I use to order DVD's, sign on to the odd web page, etc. My Yahoo address gets about 10 spams a day. The Hotmail one gets 150. So it works pretty good for me.
     
  3. JasenP

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    Hotmail is not my primary account but it is used for all my online purchasing, very few people have my primary e-mail address.
    It is just a pain to re-do everything. [​IMG]
     
  4. AndyDL

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    If you still have a copy of the e-mail, you may want to record the header information and send it to the CERT Coordination Center (www.cert.org) or to the FBI.
    Take a look at www.nipc.gov for info.
    Andy
     
  5. WoodyH

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    In all honesty, my first recommendation would be to just stop using Hotmail alltogether. I know switching e-mail addresses can be a pain (I've had to do it a couple times), but for some reason or another hotmail seems to be a spam magnet.
    I've got four active e-mail accounts at the moment:
    1> (me)@(myISP).net - only for close friends and family
    2> (me)@(iTools).com - for people between the 'close friend' and 'who are you' stage, and for occasional mailing lists or correspondence with particular issues.
    3> [email protected] - this is my only publicly posted address and my main 'spamcatcher', the address I use for signing up for anything over the web, and the address I hand out to people who want my e-mail for one reason or another but I don't know very well.
    4> (me)@hotmail.com - I only got this because a friend was only using MS Messenger, I wanted to talk with them, and had to have a hotmail addy to sign on. I've never posted this address anywhere. I've never sent any e-mail to or from this account. I've never given the address to anyone.
    I still get at least ten times the amount of spam in my Hotmail account (which I check every so often to keep it active and to keep it from filling up) than I do in any other account, including the yahoo address which I've tossed all over the 'net for a few years now. I don't know what it is with Hotmail, but it attracts spam like nothing else I've ever seen - and that's one of the main reasons why I refuse to use my Hotmail account for any reason than to give me the occasional access to Messenger when I need it.
     

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