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  1. BML

    BML Thread Starter

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    Is there a way to create a rule in Outlook 2002 where it would filter all messages that have a random string of characters/digits in the subject line?

    I have noticed that a lot of spam messages have some words and then some seemingly random letters on the subject line. I dont know why they do it like that.

    bruce
     
  2. bassetman

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    I have no idea how it could be done, but I am sure if someone devoted enough time it could be done!
     
  3. Wet Chicken

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    I don't even think Outlook XP can do this. They use the random letters to sneak the spam past the servers. Hopefully soon someone will come up with a way to block these. This last year I've received a ton more spam then last year. It's getting really bad :(

    I don't even know why they do it, no one actually reads spam anyway. I don't even open them up. I just highlight the whole lot of them and click delete :D Some days I'll get hundreds of worthless spam messages. There ought to be a law ! :rolleyes:
     
  4. RandyG

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    There are paid for services that purport to be able to do this. Polymorphic spamming is a pain!!

    I just found a neat tip, though. Create a rule in Outlook that treats any mail with multiple spaces in the subject as spam. Many of these polymorphic mails have several spoaces after the gist of their subject, and then the random characters are inserted.
     
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  6. Wet Chicken

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    At least now I know what it's called :D

    Good tip, I'll have to try it. I just heard that one of the people running for governor of California is sending out tons of spam (n) Let's hope he doesn't win :p

    Deke thanks for the information, great link ;)
     
  7. BML

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    Now that I think about it I have seen where they put those random letters several spaces past the last real word such as in this example:
    "Add More Inches Now dsfjopc"

    (well, i tried to illustrate it but the forum is deleting extra spaces but imagine two spaces after the word "now")

    So to create such a rule would it be like, if subject line contains " " (blank spaces) then delete? There are two spaces there but what if they use 3 or 4 or 5?

    bruce
     
  8. RandyG

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    If you specify 2 spaces in the rule, then any mail that fits that specification will be included. If it has 3 or 4 or 83 spaces, then it still has 2, doesn't it?
     
  9. Wet Chicken

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    Is that two or more spaces, or just two spaces in the rule :confused:

    I think you mean two or more, but I just want to be clear ;)
     
  10. BML

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    yes, two or more. I cant recall a single email that someone sent me that was legit that had more than 1 space between words; people just dont write like that.


    bruce
     
  11. Wet Chicken

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    Maybe people don't, but eBay certainly does :eek: :D
     
  12. RandyG

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    The tip I got it from mentioned 6 or 8 spaces, but that wouldn't catch ones that had less than that. Easy way to try it out is to set it to 2 and move it to a Spam folder, then do a quick browse to make sure that it hasn't caught anything you want to keep. Adjust the amount of spaces as necessary.
     
  13. Wet Chicken

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    OK :)

    I started with three spaces but I'll increase it to four...
     
  14. BML

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    Well, I did create a rule that said to move messages with two spaces in the subject line to the deleted folder, but on one spam email it did not work. I dont know why. I accidently deleted the message so I can't "disect" it anymore to learn why.

    I will keep you posted if it happens again.
     
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