Death by spam

I admit it. Spam has me beat.

A few weeks ago, I got around 1000 spam a day.

Two weeks ago, I got 2000 spams a day.

Last week, 3000 per day.

Are you picking up the pattern yet? As of today, I got 4500 spams. By next week, I’ll be over 5000, I just know it.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions about how to tame this problem? I have spambayes in the middle of my mailtool chain, so I don’t see very many of these, but I still have to deal with the bandwidth they take up. And I still see over 100 per day.

My requirements are that I want to be able to read my mail on any of my machines, and I want to have the email backed up safely nightly. I also have to control the mailboxes that I use. I currently have 100 or so active email addresses on my domain, so I need to be able to create and delete addresses at will.

Any advice? Please? I’m begging here.

UPDATE — My predictions were far too conservative. I got 7500 spams yesterday. I gotta get some help. This is email spam, and I want to get rid of it so I never see it. I really want something to sit between fetchmail on my linux box and my POP account to sift through and get rid of my spam before I download it. I really don’t want challenge/response solutions, because that places an undo burden on people sending me business email. I’d also be happy with a different mail service that still looked like, but did all the filtering for me server side. Suggestions are most welcome…

— bab

12 thoughts to “Death by spam”

  1. Is that comment spam? Disable comments.

    Is it email spam? There are third party services which need people to validate their email address before any email reaches you. It takes a bit to teach it .. but they are quite effective.

  2. In my experience, you can’t really beat SpamBayes as a free solution. If you’re willing to pay, you might want to consider an MX record redirection service like SpamSoap or MXLogic.

  3. You might also consider I use them for approx. $30 dollars per year. You get e-mail accounts, 50 MB of space, filtering, etc

  4. Brian,

    I use popfile but it does not meet your reqs. Although if you are interested you can check it out on

    What about forwarding all of your mail through a gmail account? Your mail is accessible from anywhere, it is backed up (theoritically), messages are not downloaded locally and gmail has built-in spam filters. If you want to try it out let me know and I can send you an invitation for gmail.



  5. Sadly, doesn’t meet your need to handle multiple email addresses (at least not cheaply — I think it’s $35/yr per address). But perhaps it might help if there are one or two addresses which are especially spamified.

    I’ve been using them for a couple of years, and *really* like the service — so much so that when I switch to gmail I’m still going to pull my mail through death2spam.

    Good luck.

  6. Same problem here! I use Gmail, but their spamfilter is no good. I still get 300+ spams per day.

    Which bayesian spam filter can be combined with gmail so that I can read spamfree email =online= ??

  7. ASSP is great. It closes the SMTP connection if an email is determined to be SPAM, so very little bandwidth is used. I think it might solve your problem.

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