Spam gets through filters

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Fri, 04 Mar 2005 18:24:55

I have a number of filters set up, some to sort my mail and some to
divert spam to the trash and delete it from the server.

My issue is that while my personal sorting filters work perfectly a
lot of spam gets through the filter. The 'to' or 'from' address is
clearly set in the filter but it has no effect. Certain addresses
consistently get through.

Do others experience this? Does anyone have an idea on why it happens
and what I can do?



Spam gets through filters

Post by Sock Puppe » Fri, 04 Mar 2005 21:28:37

Have a care...

I do business on the Internet, I do not spam. However sometimes after
a client contacts me their stupid spam blocker blocks my email back to
then! They think I am non-responsive and I lose a sale. Spam
blockers are way too arbitrary!


Spam gets through filters

Post by Paul Blai » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 02:42:15

With just a few filters alone it's not possible to block all spam.
heck even with good spam software you can't block it all. If you not
getting a lot of spam with your filters I guess you are doing well.

The real trick as Sock Pupets says is blocking stuff you want.

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 02:49:04

This is nothing to do with spam blockers. These are my personal
filters on addresses that have sent me spam or addresses on my domain
eg: XXXX@XXXXX.COM that have been used to send me

I use Eudora's junk filter too, but I check the junk before deleting
it. There are some addresses sending me several spams everyday and I
want to bypass even the junk mailbox for them. Hence the filters.

On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 12:28:37 GMT, Sock Puppet < XXXX@XXXXX.COM >

Spam gets through filters

Post by Fuzzy Logi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 03:09:19

Robin < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in

Likely a filter before the filter on 'to' or 'from' is allowing the message

Spam gets through filters

Post by Peter H. G » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 03:39:08

I don't know in what order your filters work, so I can't be sure this
will help you, but you should ensure that you filter out the spam
first, before doing any sorting of your mail.

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 20:00:00

On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 12:42:15 -0500, Paul Blais

The point is tho that spam from/to specific addresses that are
filtered is getting through, though it is going to the junk. It's not
a major problem, but something of an anomaly nevertheless.


Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 20:00:41

On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 18:09:19 GMT, Fuzzy Logic

This sounds like a possibility. Worth looking at.

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 20:02:09

On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 13:39:08 -0500, Peter H. Granzeau

That sounds like good advice Peter. I'll have a look.

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sat, 05 Mar 2005 20:06:32

BTW Could someone explain what the "Skip Rest" filter does, what
purpose it serves and when to use it?

Spam gets through filters

Post by Ogden John » Sun, 06 Mar 2005 02:58:14

What: Once an email has met the criteria for that specific
filter, no further filters, lower down in the filtering sequence,
are applied to it.

Purpose: Save time processing your email through the filters.
Without any "Skip Rest" actions, every email you receive is
passed through every filter you have set up.

When to use: Only you can decide if anything caught by a filter
you have created needs to pass through any other filters.

Suggestion: When doing anything but the simplest, uncomplicated
filters [i.e., where simple = something like filtering anything
"To: XXXX@XXXXX.COM " into a mailbox you've created called "FooIn"
[1]], one should have a mailbox called "FilterTest" or something
that you are sending it to until you are sure that it is doing
what you want it to do, and not catching emails you didn't intend
for it to catch. Once you are sure your filter is working as
intended, you can edit the filter's action to send it to Trash or
[Email to Yahoo address may be burned before reading.
Lower and crunch the sig and you'll net me at comcast.]

Spam gets through filters

Post by Peter H. G » Sun, 06 Mar 2005 03:18:15

You use it if you want no more filters to act on a message. My
filters almost always were to move a message to trash, and I didn't
want to waste time doing anything else about the message. If you
don't do that, subsequent filters will also act on a message.

Come to think of it, this could be the reason that messages you meant
to send to trash ended up in another mailbox. Again, the order of
filters is very important, and once a filter has acted on a message,
you probably don't want anything else done to it.

Spam gets through filters

Post by Robi » Sun, 06 Mar 2005 04:46:51

On Fri, 04 Mar 2005 13:18:15 -0500, Peter H. Granzeau

I'll look through them, but most of my filters have "Skip rest"
activated, as Eudora put it in by default.

Thanks to you and other posters for your help.


Spam gets through filters

Post by Rick » Sun, 06 Mar 2005 10:21:55

Robin said the following on 3/4/05 2:46 PM:

Well, I may get blasted for this, but I don't believe that Eudora would
do that. If that setting is in there, SOMEone put it there.


Spam gets through filters

Post by Erik » Sun, 06 Mar 2005 10:43:27

If the filter was created with 'Special/Make Filter', then
Eudora does include 'Skip Rest' as the last action, by