dbiel Posted September 26, 2010 Share Posted September 26, 2010 Just thought I would share some changes I have noticed regarding the type and content of spam that reaches my inbox. The spam that holds the number 1 spot due to number received is the meaningless "how are you?" with the subject being "hello" and the "To" line always being someone with a .spamcop.net address, but never me. I have a hard time understanding the purpose of this type of spam, as there appears to be no benefit to the spammer. The number 2 spot goes to the attachment spam with various subject lines such as "Resume" "30 Day Notice" "Transaction Breakdown" "demands for payment" "Signed 1003 and disclosures" "Please help me" "A very warm invitation to you" It is these spams that scare me the most as the body content almost forces you to open up the attachment. Yet the one thing they all have in common, which is the very first indication that they are spam, is the simple fact that the "To" line is always address to someone else with a .spamcop.net address. What I find interesting is that the vast majority of the mail I receive goes though my Earthlink account first and is then forwarded to my SpamCop account. Yet the vast majority of the spam that reaches my inbox is mail that goes directly to spamcop.net. I originally set up my SpamCop account as a means to reduce the spam filling my inbox; and it worked for the first year or two. But then Earthlink got on the ball and started doing a much better job of spam filtering with near zero false positives. The only reason I do not say zero false positives is the simple fact that I never check the spam folder, but at the same time I have never received any indication that any valid mail was not received. SpamCop on the other hand does occassionally result in a few valid emails that hit the held mail folder while letting far too many spam leak through. Just for reference, my SpamCop spam filter settings include: all of the blacklists except for Spamhaus PBL, which I have just now added; SpamAssassin Limit of 5. The new "Block Russian" was turned off, yet the amount of Russian spam received has dropped off dramatically. I have just now turned that one on as well. The only reason I continue to use my SpamCop email is the simple fact of the "unlimited" size of the mail box which I use as my primary mail box by forward all my mail from multiple sources to it and using IMAP to access it from multiple computers as well as my cell phone. As a spam filtering service, I find it absolutely worthless. I also gave up on reporting spam several years ago as the cost in time required, by far, exceeded the benefit received. In checking the last 25 messages to hit my SpamCop heldmail folder, all 25 were addressed to a SpamCop account, thus proving to me that forwarding mail from Earthlink to SpamCop for filtering spam is worthless. In checking the last 25 spam messages deleted from my inbox, all 25 were set directly to my SpamCop account. Keeping in mind that about 95% of the valid mail I do receive is NOT addressed to my SpamCop account but is simply forwarded to it from my other accounts. In summary, the only advantage in using my SpamCop email address is the lack of any specified limit to the mail box size or the size of messages that can be sent and received along with the ability to access it using IMAP, which for me justifies keeping the account. Earthlink's limits, which are reasonable, are just too low for my personal requirements. And it is only on the rare occassion that I am forced to use my SpamCop account to send or receive extremely large attachments. It is a sad state of affairs when one has to admit that today Earthlink does a far better job of spam filtering that SpamCop does. To Wazoo and Steve, I was not sure which forum to post this in, as such I chose the lounge. If you think it should be moved, please do so. Thanks for your on going support and maintenance of the SpamCop Forums. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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