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blocked senders continue to get thru blocked senders list?

Posted on 2003-11-14
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Hello all,
In the latest version of MS Office/Outlook I am using the blocked senders list to try and reduce the spam that lands on my desktop every day. I have checked the options button that sets the security level to "High" in the Junk Mail button. Over the last few weeks I have built a sizable senders blocked list that works on some of the mail. However there are a few senders that continue to arrive in the InBox, even though they are on the list. I have looked at the headers and the addresses appear to be the same as the blocked list.

Is anyone else experiencing this trouble?

Also along the same line, the High Security setting is not doing a good job of finding the Viagra and body part enlargement spams which are so plentiful. Anyone know how to tweek this filter?
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You can't tweak the filter. There will be updates on a semi regular basis, but none have been released yet. Adds with key words aren't blocked 100% reliably due to the difference between Viagra and V.i.a.g.r.a and V...i...a..gr...a, etc.

If you're adding people to the blocked senders list and they are still getting through I'd guess they were spoofing their address. Sorry, but there's not too much you can do.

What type of account do you have? SPAM filtering works best on cached Exchange mode, then POP3, then IMAP.
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I'm on a POP3 server.  

I think I saw that you can import a known spam senders list in this version. Maybe that would help catch more of it.
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I have added regular email accounts that I know are not spoofed and they get by the blocked senders list filter. MS claims to be interested in controlling spam but after testing the rules, it is easy to get around the strict requirement for case sensitive usage on every letter. For example if you block Viagra, viagra will get through along with any other combination of upper/lower case letters or spaces.

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