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By John R. Levine

This e-book provides a few concepts for preserving your e mail deal with off spammers' mailing lists and, while that fails, conserving unsolicited mail from your fundamental inbox with filters and different utilities.

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You can set Outlook 2003 to throw out messages based on each message’s SCL, setting a high, medium, or low level depending on how nervous you are about nonspam messages getting inadvertently trashed. To tell Outlook what to do with messages, you can set the Outlook junk e-mail blocking to one of four levels: • No Automatic Filtering: Turns SCL-based blocking off. We recommend this level if you love reading spam or if you’re using another program to spot spam (like one of the programs we describe in Chapter 11).

Means that if you tell a filter to look for Viagra, it doesn’t find messages that contain viagra instead. You may need to create multiple filters, one for each common capitalization. See the nearby sidebar, “Sneaky ways spammers evade filters,” for more filtering tricks and traps. 40 Chapter 5: Mailbox Filtering in Your E-Mail Program Chapter 5: Mailbox Filtering in Your E-Mail Program 41 Another Approach: Filter Everything Except Spam Because identifying spam is hard when you’re creating filters, you may want to do just the opposite: Identify the people you do want to hear from and move their messages into a folder of messages that you’re sure you want to read.

With a spammer, the first place you look is at the From line of his spam message. Just like wid a wascally wabbit, though, you know that you’ll never find him there. 99 percent of the time, the From line in a spam message is fabricated and has nothing to do with the spam’s source. This trick is just one that spammers use to try to keep you off their trail. After you learn the ropes, however, hunting down a spammer’s base of operations and getting him booted off the Internet is usually a cinch. Tracking and complaining about spammers is a pretty technical process, but it’s not hard after you get the hang of it.

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