Single spam e-mail shows up on every send receive - bypasses Inbox/Rules. Fills entire Inbox in a day.
Posted on 2006-05-17
Here's one that has been plaguing me:
I have a user on Win XP Pro SP2 using Outlook 2003. He received a piece of spam on 4/17/2006 from his Yahoo Business Pop3 account that made it past the Yahoo and Symantec filters to his inbox. It was send from:
"Help Desk [FidelBoyer202@userbeam.net]" soliciting charity funds for starving children.
I know "userbeam.net" is a German e-mail provider who also specializes in anonymous mail-relay.
I have blocked the sender address at the Yahoo account and set Outlook to leave a copy of any downloaded message on the server. But here is the rub - It is no longer coming from the "outside". I have run send/receive and then checked the web (Yahoo) account and it is the only mail not there. So I disconnected the Ethernet cable and it still shows up as an "unread" e-mail in the "Inbox".
Every time the a send/receive is activated another copy of the e-mail is delivered to his Inbox BUT NOT designated as received "Today". It shows up as having been sent AND received on 4/17/2006.
You would think that a good workaround would be to create a rule deleting it as soon as it arrives (quick and dirty solution) but that does not work because the rules only catch mail that comes into the new mail folder as being delivered new "Today". Since the mail shows up as being delivered on 4/17/2006 it never passes through the filters I have configured (and I have tried dozens of permutations/configurations).
I can create a new rule, select to run it on the entire "Inbox" and it will find and delete every one of them. But then it will not catch any of the new instances/deliveries because they never pass through the "Today" designation in the Inbox.
I've run Scanpst.exe on the data file and it does not help. No Symantec or AVG scan has detected or repaired it. Spysweep, Spybot S&D, SpywareBalster, Adaware and HijackThis are useless against it.
The mail fills his inbox by the end of every day and this mail account forwards to his Blackberry as well.
Anyone come up against this recursive, accursed e-mail bug?
I'd appreciate the help.