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Offline Morgbug

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Surge in spam?
« on: August 12, 2005, 11:44 AM »
Anyone else seeing it? 

For the longest time I received next to no real spam at my hotmail account.  The occasional thing went into the junk mail folder, but in the last couple of weeks it's skyrocketed. 

In general I don't post my hotmail account anywhere.  The only recent sign up I've had is with robby.jp and there seems to be some correlation with the timing of that but I think that's just coincidence.

I guess I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed the same thing?
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2005, 01:36 PM »
I gave up my hotmail account a couple years ago when I was getting a hundred spam a day.

Now I'm at yahoo, and for the longest time I got absolutely zero spam.  But the last few months I've been getting a few, now average about 5 a day.  Still not too bad by my count.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2005, 01:45 PM »
gmail is what I generaly use for sign ups, and I have noticed a boom in spam. About 5 per day it seems.

Weird.

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Re: Surge in spam?
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2005, 04:47 PM »
My home account through my server is seeing a number of new spams I can't seem to get filtered out...  This just happened in the last week or perhaps 2.  Frustrating since I'd kept that account pretty much clean till now.

Hotmail and Yahoo are always a cluster****.
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2005, 05:48 PM »
I've never been able to escape spam. My Hotmail account gets none, which is odd, since I use that as my regular email on forums. My personal email gets about 2 or 3 messages a day.

However, gmail is the worst. I get like 50 spam messages a day on there.  :o I don't know how either, as I hardly use it or tell anybody about it.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2005, 06:13 PM »
My home account through my server is seeing a number of new spams I can't seem to get filtered out...  This just happened in the last week or perhaps 2.  Frustrating since I'd kept that account pretty much clean till now.

Hotmail and Yahoo are always a cluster****.

Jesse, do you use comcast?  I've noticed the same thing with my comcast account.
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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2005, 10:04 PM »
Yup...  And they're all those varied names and the subjects make NO sense.  It's really weird.
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2005, 10:11 PM »
I just checked my various hotmail accounts and not too bad, around a dozen per in the past 3 weeks.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2005, 01:14 AM »
They're all about buying various perscription drugs or fake rolex watches....wierd stuff.  At least it's not porn.  :-\
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2005, 05:52 PM »
The best way to avoid spam is to have one account which you use to email your friends or colleagues, but not for anything else, generally something via your ISP. Never use it to sign up for websites or forums or e-mail lists, or to shop online. Some places share their collection of e-mail addresses with advertisers and/or spammers. Also, never publicly post your main e-mail address on a web page or in a message board thread. There are tons of filtering programs out there that pull e-mail addys right out of the text it finds.

Instead, use a generic e-mail provider like Yahoo, GMail, or Hotmail for stuff where you don't care whether or not they have your e-mail address. Most of those places have good spam filters and you can just go straight ahead and delete them all without worrying that you accidentally deleted a message you were waiting for from a friend.

I've been doing this for several years, and my "main" account only gets advertisements from the ISP itself.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #11 on: August 13, 2005, 06:58 PM »
That's what I've been doing with my comcast account Corran, but recent;y started getting this spam.

Oddly enough, it's about the same time I dropped my cable TV service and went with Direct Tv.  :-\
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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2005, 03:46 AM »
I have 3 email accounts: my main one on Yahoo which is big as you already know, one on Lycos Mail which is very small (4MB) and one on Gmail. I receive tons of spam on Yahoo but they got 98-99% in Bulk folder so no problems at all.

But I check from time to time the Bulk to see if not a good messag hidden there (it happens from time to time).

I started to receive spam since I used to work at Radio Arad and needed to get in contact with music labels and other radio all over the world.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2005, 12:47 AM »
That's what I've been doing with my comcast account Corran, but recent;y started getting this spam.

Oddly enough, it's about the same time I dropped my cable TV service and went with Direct Tv.  :-\

Did you include your comcast acct as part of the signup for DirectTV? That might have done it. Though it would be kinda funny, if Comcast (assuming you got their cable tv service) started letting spam thru to spite your cancellation.

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Re: Surge in spam?
« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2005, 12:48 AM »
I haven't noticed any more spam than usual. Though some **** spammed my blog, which really ticked me off.
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