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By Howard Tayler

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Posted: 11 Jul 2003
 

It's hard being a spammer. You have to keep changing your identity so people can't block you, like Frank Abagnale in Catch Me if you Can. Sorry, spammers, but it just got harder, thanks to this nifty tip from Howard Tayler.

Suppose you get a message from spammer@mail01.spamhost.com.

Obviously, this spammer is getting ready to change not only his name, but also his mail host -- it'll go from "mail01" to "mail02" and so on.

Adding this e-mail address to your block list, and blocking the whole domain is not good enough, because he'll only use mail01 for a little while. Go to your block list and edit the entry for mail01.spamhost.com, and change it to just spamhost.com. Now any mailserver at spamhost.com will be blocked at the POA, and you'll never see the message.

The only limitation here is that we require two levels on block-list entries. You cannot, therefore, block all .biz or .net entries. spammer.biz is fair game, though.

Steps to edit the Junk Mail Handling Block List: (GroupWise 6.5)

  1. Click Tools > Junk Mail Handling.
  2. Click on the Block List Tab.
  3. Click Edit, make your changes, click OK.
  4. Click OK.

For more information on Junk Mail Handling see: Handling Unwanted Mail in the GroupWise 6.5 online documentation.

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