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Topic # 223017 8-Sep-2017 11:46
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Several days ago I started getting a few spam emails with both subject and content in Chinese.  Starting from just after midnight this morning this has turned into a torrent - more than 110 received in the last 11 hours.


Typical subject lines such as "老伙计 邀您紸冊嶺⑶⒏瀛38O提-嶴菛威尼斯人官网336468。C0M伽专員扣:2228347025嶺荭苞天天抢周周拿共资月月赚俸禄、入窾优惠2%电子优惠多多更专业".  


That translates in Google as "Old man invited you to book Ling ⑶ ⒏ 瀛 38O mention  岙 菛 Venetian official website 336468. C0M Gala Commissioner deduction: 2228347025 Ridge  Hong bud every day to grab the week to take a total of money on the month earned a salary, into the discount 2% of the electronic offer a lot more professional "




QN:  Have spam filters been disabled or are otherwise inactive?


Surely this type of email should be easy to identify and filter out?


The bulk are coming from various addresses, but a few also from and addresses today.  At this stage easy enough for me to divert to 'Junk' but concern is that mail other domains will start being used. 




Have also been receiving 1 - 3 spam emails per day from as well as more than usual other spam (usually only 1-4 per week, but 14 last week).  The 'other spam' may be the worst as it comes from random email addresses and some of it contains viruses, etc





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  Reply # 1860790 8-Sep-2017 11:49
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Sorry about that, will raise with team.

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  Reply # 1860797 8-Sep-2017 11:59
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Mike, thanks for the quick response

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  Reply # 1861089 8-Sep-2017 21:17
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The spam storm continues :(


Now up to 18-19 of these Chinese spam emails an hour, 95% of the from;  阎匀 <>, 程洁固 <>, 侯凤 <>, 韩玉 <>, and so on.





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  Reply # 1861090 8-Sep-2017 21:19
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i know is a big thing over in china...


When i see it in email addresses though, it almost looks like - I can't skip past the irony there "GG, made you qq"



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  Reply # 1861349 9-Sep-2017 15:55
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Im glad i havnt seen ANY spam whatsoever on my ihug email in months



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  Reply # 1861381 9-Sep-2017 17:16
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Im glad i havnt seen ANY spam whatsoever on my ihug email in months







You wont see anything soon...

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  Reply # 1862460 11-Sep-2017 17:25
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The deluge continues unabated.  Sixteen in the last hour, well over 1000 in the last 3.5 days.


Have just checked the paradise webmail site.  Seems that almost 30% these emails are being sent to the paradise spam folder.  Weirdly, some emails detected as spam but most not??  Not clear what the distinction is.




Have three main concerns


1. If this continues, I am not certain how gmail/outlook are going to react to a flurry of Chinese spam mail coming from  Feel a bit uncomfortable about re-directing until this is sorted.  


2. All the emails so far have had a relatively standard content (different text, but fairly standard set out).  BUT ... though it would seem simple to filter out all such emails, a significant proportion of my business is with Japan.  Though most emails ex Japan that I get are in English, some have part of content in Japanese, hence contain Kanji characters.   I also occasionally have legit emails ex China - typically academic etc, which not doubt complicates filtering. 


3. Thirdly, the risk of my paradise mailbox overflowing with spam and hence further legit emails being bounced.  My paradise emails are set up to delete 2 weeks after they are downloaded to my desktop (to allow delayed access while travelling).  Currently there are a total of over 1600 emails in the paradise inbox and spam folder.  That is after 3.5 days - still another 10 to go before they start falling off the end.  Manually deleting 80 pp of spam (but not legit) emails on the webmail site would be a daunting task .. 




I will probably redirect to my outlook address as I currently do not use that.  Gmail does not sit well with Outlook 2016; ie.  Gmail says my email software (Outlook 2016) is not secure and will not link to it.  Besides I have operated the paradise and gmail accounts in parallel for different types of emails and do not want them mixed now.  Not certain how well handles spam?




At this point the great bulk of the spam emails come from addresses so I would be happy with simple filtering based on - plus and  To my knowledge I get no legit emails from these domains.


There are a small number coming in from other domains, some .cn etc but I could cope with the levels of emails from these sources provided they do not increase.  


More concerning, a couple of the same type of spam emails (in Chinese, similar layout etc) have been from gmail addresses, and at least one from  I cannot filter on domain name in these cases!




Mike.  You were going to get this looked at.  Three days plus on, still no change?



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  Reply # 1862467 11-Sep-2017 17:49
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I do feel for the staff having to handle this. Email is difficult and expensive to support in terms of staff time, and IMO it should be a paid service. Gmail on the surface may look free, but the advertising means they can make money off it to support it. ISP email doesn't use advertising to support it.

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  Reply # 1862474 11-Sep-2017 18:04
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Last 3 days has really been the weekend so don't really count as the guys / girls that work on the platform work Monday to Friday


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