block foreign emails


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Tina

For some reason I am receiving foreign emails from alot of different people.
It is unknown how they obtained my email address, however, my blocked sender
list is growing.
Does anyone know if there is a way I can block "foreign emails"
Please advise and thank you in advance.
 
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Michael Solomon \(MS-MVP Windows Shell/User\)

One of the ways they are picking it up is because it is in the properties of
your newsgroup posts and they use automated bots to scan the properties of
these posts to harvest e-mail addresses.

To change your properties, in the folders list in Outlook Express, right
click the server, select properties and use a munged address for your
e-mail; note for example mine, [email protected]#notme.com.

It will take a few weeks for this to wash through the system depending upon
the number of posts you already have in newsgroups but it should taper off.
You might also want to look into a product called "Mailwasher,"
www.mailwasher.net. They used to have a free version, they also have a more
robust paid version as well which comes in handy if you have more than one
e-mail account as it supports multiple accounts as well as Hotmail and some
other web based type accounts.

When asked for an e-mail address at websites, for example if you are making
a purchase, get a web based e-mail account as those are flooded with spam
anyway and use that for such public purposes, that way, you'll keep your
primary account relatively free of spam.
 
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Gene K

Michael said:
One of the ways they are picking it up is because it is in the
properties of your newsgroup posts and they use automated bots to
scan the properties of these posts to harvest e-mail addresses.

To change your properties, in the folders list in Outlook Express,
right click the server, select properties and use a munged address
for your e-mail; note for example mine, [email protected]#notme.com.

It will take a few weeks for this to wash through the system
depending upon the number of posts you already have in newsgroups but
it should taper off. You might also want to look into a product
called "Mailwasher," www.mailwasher.net. They used to have a free
version, they also have a more robust paid version as well which
comes in handy if you have more than one e-mail account as it
supports multiple accounts as well as Hotmail and some other web
based type accounts.

When asked for an e-mail address at websites, for example if you are
making a purchase, get a web based e-mail account as those are
flooded with spam anyway and use that for such public purposes, that
way, you'll keep your primary account relatively free of spam.
Tina/Michael.
Good Morning, on another day. Tina: Never use your real E-mail address in
these Newsgroups [Microsoft] or any other if you can avoid such action.
Michael has given you some advice. For instance, go back to your Outlook
Express setup for Microsoft Newsgroups and change your address to something
like (e-mail address removed) or just foul the real one slightly.
There are also several sites [www.spamex.com is one] which can assign you
what are called disposable E-mail addresses. They are not free.
If you can, call your ISP immediately and change your E-mail address. Your
present one has been harvested by spammers, etc, and you need to get off
their lists.
 

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