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Spam issue with Exchange 2003/Outlook/iPhone

Posted on 2011-02-10
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I have a really annoying problem on hand, here.  Any help will be GREATLY appreciated.  
First of all, my boss has forced me to disable all spam filters, and will not budge on the issue.  She is worried that we are missing valuable emails (which we certainly missed a few.)

I am getting spammed the same email over and over... Around 30 to 75 times a day!  The email comes from n0replyXXX@usajobs.org.  Where XXX is replaced by a random set of numbers that seems to change with each spoofed email.  I emailed usajobs.org and told them, and they are working on it, but realistically... I am sure they won't stop the problem soon.  

I know I can block the email in my Outlook, and I have... But I still get a Push notification on my iPhone which is draining my battery and annoyingly enough, vibrating 30-75 times a day.  
Is there some way to block it on my iPhone?  Or is there a way that I could stop all spoofed email on the exchange?  

I cannot simply blocked the whole domain, as they are an actual organization that we do communicate with.  I am the only one in the company getting this spam message (that I am aware of.)

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Oh joy - don't envy your situation.

You can't do anything on the iPhone but you might be able to create an Outlook server-side rule that fires on arrival and zaps the rubbish emails but the server will push the mails to the phone and when the server removes the mail, you will be looking for the email that you just got pinged.

What anti-spam software were you using?
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I was using ASSP before.  
I know, that's the most annoying part... I get a notification and then when it reconnects to the server it disappears.  At first I thought I was going crazy... LOL
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Alan Hardisty earned 500 total points
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Well - unless you can re-enable the Anti-Spam, you are going to have to suffer unfortunately, or change your phone to Pull not Push.

Complete lunacy of you ask me.  Massive over-reaction to the problem - but then sadly you don't call the shots.

I have the same issue with customers who complain to me that mails that they are being sent are not being received, so I check the Anti-Spam logs and advise them that we are rejecting them because the sending server is not configured properly and so they ask me to Whitelist them and I say no - the problem is with the sending end, not our end and if the sending end gets themselves configured properly, then the mail will flow through nice and quickly.

Spam - always great fun to deal with!!
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by:clcinc
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Thank you Alan, I sure wish I did call the shots...  

Anyway, do you think there is something more proactive that I could do to stop this issue?  Like block emails from the domain, unless they come from a certain IP?

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Yes - if you can post the full headers of the spam email (obscure your domain name / IP etc - just not theirs) and I'll advise their IP and IP Range you can block on your router / firewall.
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