Posts Tagged ‘Spam’

Hello , i am Lauren. – EMAIL SCAM

You may have received the following email:

Sent: 14 December 2010 11:48
Subject: hi

I found your email in my friends list,
i think we talked some time at the one of social networks or not.
So i will remind you a little bit about me, i live in USA , Atlanta, GA.
I love to travel, visit new places, new countries. I am planning to visit UK once again,
that is why i am looking for friends here, it is always more interesting to travel
and to have good time together then alone.
So if you live in UK and you are single i will wait your email.
I am not interested in correspondence if you are married or have a girlfriend.

My e-mail is:

I hope to get your answer and of course i want to see your photo.
Have a good day

This is currently being broadcast on a massive scale and it is all over the Internet. They appear to be sending the spam through a different server each time they send an attack, and the email appears to be sent from your own address so it is proving difficult to block.

Make the most of your Spam Filter

The fight against Spam is a significant challenge that you face daily, and it continues to be  one of the biggest problems on the Internet. Spammers are clever and they will continually conjure up new ways to bypass spam filters, so unwanted email will always be there, but you can dramatically reduce the amount of spam you receive if you use your Spam filter correctly.

Spam Assassin     spam

At Your-Name Here our choice of default Spam Filter is Spam Assassin.

SpamAssassin uses a variety of spam-detection techniques, that includes sophisticated scoring filters, Bayesian statistics, external programs, blacklists and online databases.

Used correctly, it can be a very effective deterrent against unwanted email.

How to configure Spam Assassin.

  1. Firstly login to your Plesk control panel.
  2. Click on the Mail icon under Services.
  3. Click on the email address you would like to configure settings for.
  4. Then click on the Spam Filter icon in the Tools section.
  5. In the Preferences section, you firstly set the score/tolerance level that email must hit before it is recognised as Spam. Each email is  scored between 1 and 10 . As an example, if you were to receive an email with the subject ‘Buy Viagra Now’ that would score 8 or 9 as it is obviously Spam. The default setting is 7, which is usually a good place to start, but if you feel Spam is not being recognised enough, you just lower it to 6 or 5 and see how it goes.
  6. The What to do with Spam section gives you the choice to remove Spam automatically when it comes to the mailbox, or still deliver the email and mark it as xxxSpamxxx. If you want to include into the subject line the number of points that messages score, type _SCORE_ in this box. This will help you determine the best score setting to have.
  7. Next is the Blacklist section which allows you block specific addresses or domains that you do not want to receive mail from. You can add muliple entries, seperated by a tab, a colon or a comma. If you do not want to receive anything from any address at a particular domain you can use * as a wildcard. Just type * and any user at that domain will be blacklisted.
  8. Similarly there is also a Whitelist section. If you want to be sure you do not miss any emails from specific senders, you can add multiple entries to your Whitelist in the same way.
  9. Click on the Training tab to improve accuracy of spam detection by training the spam filter on the e-mail messages that you have in your mailbox. Simply highlight an email and click on ‘It’s Spam’ or ‘Not Spam’  Once finished with training, you can remove spam e-mails from your mailbox using your e-mail program or Horde IMP Webmail interface.
  10. Once finished with your spam filter settings, remember to click the ‘Switch On’ icon, and then click OK.

That’s it! Your Spam filtering is now enabled and set to your specific requirements. The settings can be modified at any time in the same area of your Plesk control panel.