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Over the last 12 months I have been getting increasingly frustrated with the large amount of junk email that is escaping the SpamCop 'filters'

I am referring to (literally) dozens of messages trying to sell me an imitation Rolex watch, Viagra tablets or more worryingly messages delivered to my inbox that are not actuallly addressed to me, but someone else on spamcop.net

It would appear that the SpamCop address database has been harvested by some junk email company - I am on the verge of dumping SpamCop completely but thought I would check to see if I anyone else is getting problems like these!

Chris Parsons

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Over the last 12 months I have been getting increasingly frustrated with the large amount of junk email that is escaping the SpamCop 'filters'

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Hi Chris,

Any address will find its way on to the dreaded spam mail lists in time unless you and all your contacts are super careful - and mail addressed "to somebody else" just sounds like a mailing list keyed to a single "representative address" as the mail list name - with your own address and a heap of others (hidden) at the back of it. Just about any or all email applications have the capacity to bulk mail that way which saves exposing all addressees' addresses to each other (this is another way for you all to be "careful" by using it yourselves if you bulk mail - just don't use an address for the list name, unless it is your own - the sender's).

Suggest you look at the problem from another slant - why aren't the filters working? That is a problem many people have (apparently) encountered and you might look over: Messages not Filtered - Why?, Faq entry? which I would guess you've not done yet. Suggest you read the whole topic, both above and below the entry point in the link I've given.

HTH

Edited by Farelf

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From the top, starting with your chosen Topic Title .... please see the recently created page at What is SpamCop? You'll note that are a number of pieces, sections, areas, support venues for the thing that is called SpamCop.

Over the last 12 months

yet only now "looking into the problem" ...???? That doesn't seem to back up your "service is Deteriorating" remark ...

large amount of junk email that is escaping the SpamCop 'filters'

and the fact that the total increase in spam volume over the years has no bearing on this? There is no one here that can guess at just what 'filters' you have invoked, what your spam looks like, why your spam makes it past whatever filters you have setup ... Habe you looked at any of the Pinned itesm, looked at the FAQ, checked any announcements, read any of the other discussions already in place ...???? If you have something specific to look at, suggest starting there.

delivered to my inbox that are not actuallly addressed to me, but someone else on spamcop.net

and the term BCC: means what to you exactly? Try sending an e-mail to yourself (preferably on another system) and insert your address into the BCC: line ... see what shows up in that received e-mail.

SpamCop address database has been harvested

Old and wise enough not to state that this would be impossible, but .... there are wy too many other 'normal' spammer activities and processes that would be more likely. Just to point out the obvious, the account you used to register here makes no attempt at being configured in a way to defeat even the most simple of 'dictionary' type e-mail address generators .... technically, there might be another thousand plus folks out there in the world using the same "name" .. just associated with a different Domain (which is something that spammers also recognize)

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It would appear that the SpamCop address database has been harvested by some junk email company - I am on the verge of dumping SpamCop completely but thought I would check to see if I anyone else is getting problems like these!

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I've been using my SpamCop address openly for years (Newsgroups etc)

Just make sure you have not got a "bad entry" in your whitelist which overides all your blacklist filters

You may as well go through your blocking filters being set correctly also also

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Over the last 12 months I have been getting increasingly frustrated with the large amount of junk email that is escaping the SpamCop 'filters'

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Hi Chris!

Personally, I'm finding the filters in the flat-rate Email account as effective as ever.

It does depend on which filters you select and the level you set SpamAssassin to but my configuration works exceedingly well.

I get one or two spam items through the filters per month at most and possibly one false positive. So it works pretty well for me.

Andrew

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It would appear that the SpamCop address database has been harvested by some junk email company

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True. Not the database, but some of the reports.

I never used my SpamCop-address openly. I only forward to it and use it to report spam. (But I don't munge the reports).

I get some spam directly addressed to my SpamCop-address which nobody should know.

(even if I search the web for my SpamCop-address I find a few copies of reports to ISPs mentioning this address.)

But in fact I don't care much. - SpamCop filters work quite good for me. And it must be a very dumb spammer to harvest SpamCop-mailaddresses and send spam to those. Probably they want their IP to be blocked as fast as possible...

Lukas

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