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  • Xavier says:

    What’s missing from all the spam filter I’ve tried is two levels of filtering. They all assume that everything that’s passes the filter should go to the inbox, and everything that doesn’t should land in the spam folder.

    A much more useful option would be a three-way filtering:
    A) Everything which I specifically allow goes to my inbox
    B) Everything which I specifically disallow is permanently deleted
    C) Everything else goes into my spam folder for manual sorting

    If you know of such a spam filter tool, let me know.

    • Jeff says:

      Xavier, the *best filtering system I have come across is in Microsoft’s Outlook*. Even the free version lets you filter by any of the following: sender, recipient, or subject. It works great for filtering (even deleting it from the server if you choose that option) the dreaded [no subject] from, let’s say for example, a domain that end in “.ru” ; primarily women looking for a meal ticket to the U.S. in hopes to marry you, divorce you and get everything that you own. You should check it out.

    • Anonymous says:

      For Australia get even

      Right click e-mail: look in option and get return IP address of sender

      Find Info: http://www.dnsstuff.com

      If they dont listen list them and let the Governemnt deal with them. Pay back time

      Email spam
      Forward the message to the Spam Intelligence Database at rep...@submit.spam.acma.gov.au. When forwarding an email, don’t change the subject line or add additional text. The ACMA will contact you we require further information.

  • Thomas F. says:

    Telling ppl to unsubscribe from spammers is a very bad idea, unless they have proof that the company behind the emails is trustworthy. A lot of spammers add an “unsubscribe” to their emails, but those links only validate that the email account is active, so it become more valuable.

    • Bob99 says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Dan says:

        This seems like an old wives’ tale to me.

        Trying to stay anonymous didn’t work; they already spammed the e-mail address before they knew it was confirmed.

        My rule: if the sender’s domain looks like a legit mass-marketing company or cloud mailer service, they probably have a functioning unsubscribe that could get you off of a bunch of lists at once. If the domain is irrelevant to the content, it’s probably a hack or throwaway, so just delete and hope your filters learned something from it.

    • Anna says:

      I thought the same thing, but if you actually read it that’s not what they’re saying to do.

      “Most marketing emails that you find are just sent far too frequently will have an option at the bottom saying something like “Unsubscribe” or “Remove Me.””

      So they are advising this for a way to declutter from legitimate companies that just spam your inbox with too many emails. People like Target or those Daily Deal websites are the kind of thing they’re talking about, not the actual junk advertising stuff like Viagra.

      • Yeah, exactly. With MaskMe, you can voluntarily sign up for mailing lists and give out your email without fear, knowing you can block those senders later. The kind of completely unwarranted spam that’s not related at all to your voluntary actions isn’t really what MaskMe stops. That’s more of a filter issue for your email provider. Thanks for the clarification, Anna.

      • Reg Sanderson says:

        Most spam emails from legitimate companies come from affiliates. One company can have thousands of affiliates doing their dirty work. The affiliates main job in life is to get your address and solicit you. When you unsubscribe you are only unsubscribing to one affiliate when there are thousands.

  • rosemary Ramirez says:

    I’m new to the internet @ Facebook so I don’t know much. But I do know enough to say that I do have stalkers n hackers that I do need to be aware of !

  • Cathie says:

    I’m currently being spammed by someone who is using my primary email addy. I know that my account was hacked several months ago, and someone spammed all of my contacts, including me, using my own addy as their fake return address, but it had been altered internally somehow to redirect to them. Clicking on it to simply read it also resulted in a trojan. I managed to isolate the trojan, and I successfully changed my password. But I still get spam from my own addy. Has anyone else had this problem? I’ve been using the same primary addy for close to a decade, and it involves my actual name, and I hate seeing it out there in the form of spam, and I don’t want to switch to a different addy name. Any suggestions on how to get these monsters to stop? Anyone???

    • Jeff says:

      Cathie, you can block your own email address, Go into options – select safe / blocked senders, in blocked senders add your email address and hit save. Problem should be solved.

      • Cathie says:

        Thanks for the advice, Jeff. I’ve been considering it, but sometimes I send emails to myself when I’m using someone else’s computer. So for now, emails to me from “me” go into my Spam folder, where I can still get at them just in case they are actually ones that I sent myself.

        But even if I block my own address, that doesn’t solve the problem of someone else spamming my friends and family (and acquaintances and strangers, for that matter) using my email name and address.

        Everyone I know is aware that they should be careful that they know for sure that it’s from me, if it even sounds a wee bit hokey; subject lines like Viagra, Pharmacy, See My Pics, etc. are definitely not coming from me. But still, it’s embarrassing to see my name out there spewing spam, and the odd one can still slip through if the subject line is casual, like Hi or Long time, No See, or Let’s Coffee This Week.

        Is it even possible to stop this from happening???

        I’m seriously considering changing my addy, which is a pain, since I’ve had it for so long and since it’s linked to so many vaild newsletters and friends and stuff. But I’m afraid that it’s the only REAL solution, even though my old addy, linked to my name, will still continue to circulate (spamming all the way) without my permission.

        I just wish there was some way to stop creeps like this from taking advantage of us this way. I welcome any and all suggestions that may be helpful, and I’m sure that there must be other people who would appreciate the same kind of advice; surely I can’t be the only one who has run into this problem.

        • Kenny says:

          Not sure if this would even help, but all emails are sent with internet headers describing to and from what servers they were sent, also listing server-forwards. (also you should be able to see the real sender address where applicable). Maybe you could find the service provider that hosts the email, and send a complaint, then they shut it down on their side.

          Google “[name of your email program] internet headers” to see how to get that info.

      • Hope says:

        I have tried several times to block my own email address under the settings that you mentioned; but for some reason, the system rejects doing that. It will say I added it to the blocked list, but when I go back to check, my address is no longer listed.

  • Fil says:

    It would be great to restrict email from foreign countries. For example, I know that I never have business originating in any African country, Larin American, or Asian Country. It would be great to block out specific countries, or only accept incoming messages from selected countries.

  • Sandra says:

    I don’t want Google tracking every move I make online. If MaskMe becomes available,
    for DuckDuckGo, I’ll certainly try it. (I have been using Abine for years.)

  • JunkBust says:

    I highly recommend setting an email filters for

    Contains Keyword “unsubscribe”, Action send to Folder “Junk”
    Contains Keyword “opt-out”, Action send to Folder “Junk”

    These will send almost automated email you get that is not directly from a person to Junk =)

    • Robert ingreenH says:

      Except you’ll also junk incoming mail from lists you’ve subscribed to legitimately who use those tags.

  • himagain says:

    First, learn to use this websites masker!
    2nd: Send an email to everyone on your list telling them you are changing your email address in 7 days.
    3rd: Use Gmail to filter everything else.
    4th: Setup filters that remove emails from Lists
    5th: If your name in full isn’t in the email body, and it is from a List, filter to trash

  • Robert ingreenH says:

    I’m way old school. I still use Eudora Mail, which, AFAIC, is the best stand-alone email client ever. I can customize as many filters as I like, and color code them, too. But in an ideal world I’d like to stop all the junk at the server level, before it ever gets to my Inbox or filters. There doesn’t seem to be a way to do that. Any suggestions?

  • Robert ingreenH says:

    Use Gmail to what? Ahem…did you miss this in the right-hand column? “Google says Gmail users have no expectation of privacy”


  • Andreea says:

    I recently found this awesome chrome extension for g-mail, for spam e-mails. It’s called Blocksender. It has worked for me so far :)

  • john... says:

    We would not have to deal with spam if one of these software companies could create and offer a program that had no need for filtering, no Junk or Spam folder features, but only an Inbox and Deleted folder features. A program that only accepts messages from people in one’s contact list. and instantly deletes everything else.

    The old excuse that I might miss something important is nonsense. I know better than anyone else who I care to receive email from and they are in my contacts list. Anyone who is not in my contacts list is someone I don’t wish to hear from.

    People who choose to deal with spam can opt to use programs like the one offered here.

    • stoploss says:

      AOL has an exclusive blocker that can be set to accept mail only from Contacts. Another setting below that allows the option of blocking non-Contact mail at the server so that the spam mail stays in cyberspace….or sending the non-Contact mail to the spam folder. Inbox.com also has an exclusive blocker.

      Outlook web mail (formerly livemail and hotmail) has an exclusive blocker that sends non-Contact mail to the trash folder. The trash folder doesn’t light up even if the mails are left unread.

      Note that an exclusive blocker, in the singular, is not sufficient to stop a spoofer of Contacts from getting in. The most likely Contacts to be spoofed by an anonomous spammer are the billing companies who send billing email alerts such as credit card companies, auto insurance companies, phone companies, etc.

      I use two AOL accts. , one for daily routine business and a second for bills. A Gmail acct fetches mail from each of these accts and sends the daily stuff to Gmail’s inbox and the monthly billing notices to a folder in the Gmail acct called A-Monthly. Two AOL accts, and the use of scrambled usernames, stop spammers and spoofers.

      I use scrambled usernames for all 3 accts. t0gsiads (the only good spammer is a dead spammer)
      would be t0gs...@aol.com.

      For absolute safety, we can send mail only from alias addresses provided by gmx.com, mail.com, and Outlook web mail, each of which offers 10 alias addresses with their free web mail accts.

      I don’t get any spam with this setup.

  • dudley anderson says:

    is there a filter that will simply block e-mails from senders with false return addresses – it seems to me that would solve everything – I can’t figure out how to do it – it should be #1 option on filter settings – DUH

  • Brian says:

    Never Never hit unsubscribe and put your email w address in there. All that’s doing is telling them you email address is live an you will get more spam. Evidently the person who made this page is trying to get you more spam by saying unsubscribe.

    • Kenny says:

      You don’t need to insert your email address for them to know. Most of those track individual ID’s (both legit and illegit) so the link you click is unique for your “subscription”. Like others have pointed out, this ONLY counts when the email is from someone you actively registered with (e.g. your provider of some service, internet forums etc), not ever for foreign emails.

      Not only can it verify your email, but worst case scenario lead to unsafe scripts contaminating a poorly protected PC.

  • Sarah says:


    Someone is sending me daily more than 500 emails continously during a day.
    I don’t now how to block him.
    The emails are sent from true email addresses varying from several multiple domains and
    email addresses and titles are non readable as well as the message text.

    I don’t know how to stop him. Please help me.

    • Kenny says:

      Even if it’s non readable, maybe it can be copied? Especially if there are characters in it apart from normal letters, simply blocking (filtering to junk mail) all emails containing one of those characters? Just an idea

  • Bert says:

    Saying “Click on unsubscribe” as being a good choice is NOT. Some emails use that as confirmation that your email is legit. DO NOT CLICK IT unless you know the sender is from something you subscribed too previously. That advice is not good. Better to send to junk folder and report them.

  • Thanks, ur amazing !

  • Fil says:

    Now being inundated with almost 500 spam per day from China, IP range through I would like to stop the whole range. Best filtration system is to block whole countries that I know I will never communicate or do business. For example, I would like to block all of China, the entire continent of Africa, All of Latin America, etc. I don’t do any business with them, and I never will. I have never communicated with anyone there, and never will. So, why not have a filter to block entire countries. For me, this would automatically block about 95% to 100% of all spam and scam junk mail. I certainly do not have have any relatives or association with anyone in Nigeria that is making me a beneficiary, and there is no reason for a mythical FBI office in in Ghana who is going to give me reparations of $5 million dollars from whatever made up scam of the day is. And, I certainly don’t want any internet porn from Russia, China, or any other country. And, I don’t want to meet women in my neighborhood who want to have overnight sex. And the list goes on and on with the scams. Now I am bombarded with almost 500 junk mail from China each and every day. So, I would like to know if there is any kind of service or software that would block whole countries and IP ranges. I would like to block at the IMAP source, long before it ever comes to my client software. This kind of blocking can only occur on the network level. To have such software on the client level is just a bandaid because the IMAP messages will remain on the ISP’s Server.

    The way I have been fighting spam so far is to copy and past the header and forward the sam to SpamCop.net. But, I am finding this taking 2 to 3 hours per day to manually forward almost 500 spam.

    The Spam filtering that I propose must be a user option to block whole countries or ranges of IP addresses. I am positive that this will be the most effective way of blocking spam at the source. Anything less will have much less than optimal results, and still will not block spam on the IMAP server.

  • jacob says:

    this is just annoying. im only 17 and my friend decided that it would be funny to go and use my gmail to signup for a lot of adult sites. now i get over 100 emails a day from adult products companies and i dont know how to stop it. luckily they all go to the spam folder. but its still annoying.one of the most annoying parts is that i can’t tell them that im underage because they use fake emails. Can someone help me?

  • beanie says:


    Just report them to the police- it’s illegal. Then change your email.

  • George says:

    Here is a method I came up with and have used for many years. Many unwanted Emails come into your INBOX folder. However as many Spammers use rolling Email addresses it is near impossible to stop them. You can change your Email address and for a short while get some peace. But very soon the Spammers will track you down. So here is what I do. Make a message rule that say’s all incoming mail is moved to your Deleted Items folder. Then make a second “Maintenance Rule” that all deleted mail is automatically emptied when you Exit your Email Program. Now when you check your Email (Send & Receive) just go to the Deleted items folder and holding down the CTRL key click on the Emails you want, once highlighted simply drag them to your Inbox leaving all the Junk mail in the deleted items folder. So when you exit all the unwanted Emails will be automatically deleted. Simple but works.

  • Roland says:

    My email service, earthlink.net, provides both whitelisting and blacklisting options. Whitelisting rejects anyone not in my contacts list on the server and sends them a request for verification. If they don”t reply, it’s a spammer, not a friend. The blacklist may contain TLDs (top level domains like ru for Russia and cn for China–but not including Hong Kong nor Taiwan). I’m considering blocking those two and br (Brasil), but I’m averaging 1-2 spam per day, not 500; I think Earthlink is blocking known spam before it even gets to my filter (25+ years with the same address). In any case it’s worth the $20+ they charge per month.

    My Silicone Valley nephew says that if you’re getting it for free, then YOU are the product; viz. Gmail.

  • Jey Ganesh says:

    Thanks for sharing this information.. this really helpful for stop the spam emails

  • Ed says:

    Does the Select Quote website sell my email address. Until yesterday I had cleaned up my spam problem pretty well. But I filled out a form to inquire about life insurance yesterday on Select Quote and today all of a sudden I am getting dozens of spam advertising emails. I have no direct evidence that Select Quote is responsible for this but it sure seems that way. Post hoc ergo proctor hoc. If this is the case is there anyone I can complain to or otherwise take action against them?

  • It’s surprising how many people just delete or ignore spam. I did that for a while but finally set up a method of filtering so I don’t have to look at it. For most people, it’s worth a small investment to save a lot of time in the long run.

    I use SPAMfighter and made a video to show how it works

    I pay for it but they have a free version for personal use. It’s easy to setup and worth it for people using one of the supported email clients.

    Filters are a little dangerous. I filtered emails from .ru for a while and then was befuddled when I wasn’t getting emails from someone with “.ru” in his email address. Took a while to figure it out.

  • I just wanted to say thank you for the blog… I just referenced you in my own blog, as an aid in controlling the spam.

    You can see it at http://www.myblogbeast.biz/blog/what-is-spam-and-how-can-i-stop-getting-spam …. again, just wanted to let you know I appreciated it!


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