1. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 15
    windows 10 enterprise
       26 Oct 2016 #1

    Suddenly receiving lots of strange SPAM


    Hi guys,


    I'm hoping someone could help me as I'm tearing my hair out.


    Basically over the last few weeks I've started receiving spam email in my outlook/hotmail email. I access outlook via google chrome browser. I've hardly ever got spam and any that I did, I'd set a rule for outlook to put it into junk folder, which worked great.


    But over the last few weeks even after putting rules and sending it to junk folder, it just keeps getting worse. Now I'm getting around 15-20 spam emails per day.


    But my concern is that many of the emails coming through are under titles of things that I may have searched for in the past. Most seriously are already marked as FLAGGED as though I've manually selected and flagged them as an important email.

    How can this be possible?


    I am running windows 10. I've already done a virus/malware check, but can't find anything and have cleared the cookies.


    What can I do to combat this?


    Thank you.
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  2. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 62
    win10 home
       26 Oct 2016 #2

    Go to your ISP and ask them to temporarily suspend your email service for 5 days.This will have the effect of telling spam senders your address is no longer active and in most cases the spammers will remove your address.You might need to let family and friends know beforehand.
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  3. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 15
    windows 10 enterprise
       26 Oct 2016 #3

    I'm sorry, but my email service is with a standard microsoft outlook/hotmail account. I've had the same email for almost 2 decades.
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  4. Join Date : Oct 2016
    Posts : 5
    Windows 10
       26 Oct 2016 #4

    I have noticed more spam emails to my Outlook account recently as well. I have started to use my Google email more and more as it the one account that works the best so far.
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  5. Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,913
    Windows 10 Pro
       26 Oct 2016 #5

    joeandmarg0 said: View Post
    Go to your ISP and ask them to temporarily suspend your email service for 5 days.This will have the effect of telling spam senders your address is no longer active and in most cases the spammers will remove your address.You might need to let family and friends know beforehand.
    In my experience, spammers don't care. They don't even bother to eliminate duplicates from their lists. It costs them nothing, so they aren't going to spend any effort pruning their list.
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  6. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 62
    win10 home
       26 Oct 2016 #6

    To Mystere.
    When your account is stopped, the emails are returned to sender,regardless who provides the service.The spammers do not want their in box filled with junk either.
    My method works because I've done it,which is why I offered it.
    All providers can do this if they think your webmail is being misused,especially by a particular organisation.
    Persistence and patience are a must.
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  7. Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,913
    Windows 10 Pro
       26 Oct 2016 #7

    joeandmarg0 said: View Post
    To Mystere.
    When your account is stopped, the emails are returned to sender,regardless who provides the service.The spammers do not want their in box filled with junk either.
    My method works because I've done it,which is why I offered it.
    All providers can do this if they think your webmail is being misused,especially by a particular organisation.
    Persistence and patience are a must.
    Do you understand how spammers work? Do you really think they use their own return addresses? They don't. They take over other peoples email accounts and spam from them. They take over servers and setup their own email servers. They do all kinds of things, but the one thing they never ever ever do, is use their own return addresses.... lol.

    I get a ton of "return address" spam, which is where a spammer has used my email address in their return address, so when stuff bounces, it bounces back to the hapless victim they used as their patsy.
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  8. Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 62
    win10 home
       27 Oct 2016 #8

    Thank you Mystere.I do not get spam,you still do.That makes your system better.
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  9. Join Date : Oct 2015
    Posts : 15
    windows 10 enterprise
       27 Oct 2016 #9

    I hope my thread isn't causing any dispute here....pls don't argue guys. I'm sure each one is right in their own way.

    The fact is that I want to move to gmail, but I've had this email for almost 2 decades, so I would need to somehow migrate across to gmail as easily and smoothly as possible. Any suggestions how I can do this?
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  10. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 1,144
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       27 Oct 2016 #10

    Ok, using the built in facilities of Gmail

    Create a gmail account, Inform your major contacts of the new address as much as possible, ( those who send to you often)

    Set up your new gmail account to collect your old mail and mark it with a tag so you have all the old server's mail in one place
    Set up your collection rules to reply from your new gmail so letting anyone you reply to you new address

    Regularly check the old mail and either manually (or by use of a rule automatically), move mails you want to keep to the gMail inbox, consider un-subscribing from the old address and subscribing with the new Gmail address for any regular information mails yo want to continue to recieve

    Mark any spam from your old account as spam in Gmail, Gmail will automatically move to spam folder ( it will already have many of the known spammers in it's databases anyway so should automatically sort these for you )

    When you are happy that all your mails that you wish to continue to receive are aware of your new address you can consider closing the old account, removing the collect instruction, or simply leave it as is, but minimise the folder (in your case this is advised as someone from 20 years ago could email you )

    Most of these options are available in Settings in a live gmail account possibly this link will take you directly there but the settings are well organised so are not difficult to find things in - (Gmail)
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