[Air-l] screening out spam

Derek McMillan derekmcmillan at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 17 13:14:31 PDT 2004

I personally use an exclusive filter. If you are not on my list I never hear
from you.
This works for me.
I also have diff email addresses for diff purposes.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Thompson" <glt at svsu.edu>
To: <air-l at aoir.org>
Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2004 11:48 AM
Subject: [Air-l] screening out spam

The recent spate of messages from those trying to unsubscribe reminds
me that about 2/3 of everything I get via e-mail—even with an academic
address—is spam. I’ve got my “rules” set up so as to try to catch some
of this:

--if the subject line contains certain keywords, e.g., “market,”
“drugs,” “investment,” “penis,” “casino,” then it goes into my trash
--if the from line contains “admin,” then it goes in the trash box
--if the “to” says “undisclosed recipients,” etc.

I’m wondering whether others have had success with similar rules, as
opposed to installing spam-killing software (and as for that, how well
does it work, when spammers garble key words so as to avoid screening,
e.g., Vi*ag*kra or other combinations).

Gary Thompson

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