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REDBANKUK
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SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

I often get emails with Chinese characters in the FROM and SUBJECT fields and of course mark them as SPAM to help BTs automatic detection of spam.

 

As humans with our knowledge of things spammy and phishy, we can see these are spam so why doesn't BT stop them arriving in our inboxes ?

 

Would someone from BT comment on what BT is doing to prevent these obvious messages from reaching the public ?

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REDBANKUK
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

WELL I DID ASK SOMEONE FROM BT TO COMMENT AND OF COURSE NOBODY DID.

 

THE CHINESE SPAM HAS CONTINUED APACE , MOST DOES END UP IN MY SPAM FOLDER BUT THERE ARE STILL EMAILS GETTING THROUGH.

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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

It may mean something to someone who could read Chinese, we live in a multicultural country.

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wasleys
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

We often get emails with Cyrillic characters in the From field.

They're from a friend in Russia.
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT


@REDBANKUK wrote:

WELL I DID ASK SOMEONE FROM BT TO COMMENT AND OF COURSE NOBODY DID.

 

THE CHINESE SPAM HAS CONTINUED APACE , MOST DOES END UP IN MY SPAM FOLDER BUT THERE ARE STILL EMAILS GETTING THROUGH.


Hi.

 

Please don't post in upper case, it is actually deemed as shouting.

 

Emails from China, and if in their language are typically spam to you and I - but what about people who receive emails in that format who read and write Chinese ?

 

Emails written in a different language will not be treated as spam, since the anti-spam filters use a different array of methods - as you mention that most end up in the Spam folder.

 

Some spam gets through written in English of course, so it's not really any different to be frank.

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REDBANKUK
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

You are quite right of course it does mean something to someone ... I had several of these translated before I posted and sure enough they are spam.

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REDBANKUK
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

whoops didn't mean to post in uppercase !

 

 

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REDBANKUK
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

Andy_N, Keith_Beddoe and wasleys just wanted you to know that of course I am aware there may be legitimate emails written with Chinese Characters BUT the ones I am talking about are clearly SPAM.

 

Today I received 10 all from the same sender.

 

Indeed there is plenty on the web and in the press about Chinese spam etc - intelligence forces from various countries are aware that bombarding servers with spam and slowing them down is a from of cyber war by putting a strain on western economies.

 

Sender Policy Framework (SPF) could be of some help in reducing spam

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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

I just use a filter on the BT Yahoo webmail, to send anything like that into the trash, so I don`t even see it.

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REDBANKUK
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Re: SPAM WITH CHINESE LETTERS IN FROM AND SUBJECT

Thanks Keith. What do you put in the filter for chinese spam ?
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