*** SPAM *** insertion in OE incoming messages

  cwm 15:32 26 May 04

Why has the entry: *** SPAM *** recently started to appear on some - not all - of my incoming emails at the beginning of the subject line in the OE5 I've used for years on my Win 95 system? A full system scan with NAV hasn't revealed the virus I suspected, and I couldn't find anything obvious in the Symantec Encyclopaedia. It has shown up on messages from pcadvisor_online (regularly), Amazon, and some private non- commercial correspondents. I don't have any anti - spam software installed. I'm probably missing something glaringly obvious, but I'd be grateful if someone could rescue my sanity by telling me what's going on and how to stop it.

  hugh-265156 15:49 26 May 04

you may be recieving spam that is from a company trying to sell you software to stop spam :-)

that would be my guess.

  hugh-265156 15:51 26 May 04

you are using spampal

this i think adds this to the subject to flag it for you

  Audeal 15:54 26 May 04

Freeserve/wannadoo appear to be doing this now. I am of the oppinion that it is a new method in identifying spam and marking it as such. I may be wrong of course but My sister is getting this on all her e-mail now.

  johnnyrocker 16:01 26 May 04

this appears as a matter of course when your isp is filtering mail for you and is just a notification that that is what it likely is.


  Belatucadrus 16:04 26 May 04

If it's the Wanadoo service, it's almost completely useless, marking circulars and newsletters as spam and you can't turn it off. You can get it to discard all mail it considers as spam, but considering its scattergun approach to classification this seems risky.

  cwm 10:19 27 May 04

Thank you all for your suggestions and observations, which pointed me in the right direction. The insertion is indeed caused by the anti-spam filter introduced (without warning) when Freeserve became Wanadoo. It is possible to protect specific email sources from the *** SPAM *** labelling by using the Webmail service from the Wanadoo home site to access your inbox, highlighting the email, ticking the left-hand box, and then clicking on the 'not spam' button. But you can't do this after it's been downloaded to the OE inbox of your computer.
Now I know what it is, I shall probably just take no notice, but it is ironic that having never been troubled with spam before, I am now receiving unwanted signals, ie 'spam' as a result of the isp's anti-spam software.

  end 11:37 27 May 04

ummm....could one say wanadoo WITHOUT????"...(sorry.....!!!!!!)

  Pearly Gates |X|X| 11:49 27 May 04

Hello - This is provided by Wannadoo on my dialup.
Works pretty good on the porn and viagra. I just direct it to the deleted items, scan as they flash before my eyes then turn off OE6 and they vanish.

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