I think that something has been going on for a bit now.

However, I did go through some ancient spam emails (don't ask me why 
they were still around, I plumb forgot they were accumulating) and found 
quite a few of them posing as family members and people I knew, but were 
not legitimate.  Examining the headers showed they were trying to fool 
me.  All of them wanted me to click on some link - hoping to do some 
nefarious thing or another to me.  Many were from RU.

Oh, I have been using the filters!  I have filtered every domain ending 
in xyz, .store and a few others.  It's not as easy to filter against 

Is it better to have these messages go to junk, or direct to trash?  
Using Thunderbird if that matters.

On 3/8/23 5:22 PM, Ronald Smith wrote:
> Hi all,
> There is a coordinated attack happening right now on many forms of 
> communication; email, social media, everything -- someone doesn't want people 
> communicating right now. The increase in spam is just part of it.
> Emails that I've sent to gmail have been bounced, maybe because gmail has 
> tightened their filters, maybe it's a false flag. I'm not sure and I'm not 
> going waste my time tracking it down right now. If someone wants to reach me, 
> they can just call me on the phone.
> To the guy who said you should block all the IP's in the header -- that's 
> ABSOLUTELY WRONG! Whoever has launched this attack wants folks to do that -- 
> they want folks to block stuff to further limit communication. Don't do that!
> You can only trust the top "Received" notice in your email header. SMTP 
> servers are supposed to tack on their info to the top of the message and send 
> it along to the next server, but spammers or provocateurs will often falsify 
> the tracking info below the most recent "Received" line, so you should just 
> ignore that.
> Just put up with the spam for now; don't over-react. Your email providers 
> will know how to handle this if they have enough experience. Use the filters 
> in your client if you need to.
> Have fun...
> Ronald Smith
> r...@mrt4.com
> 603-360-1000
> - - - -
> On Wed, 8 Mar 2023 13:31:56 -0500
> Bruce Labitt <bruce.lab...@myfairpoint.net> wrote:
>> Seems to be an uptick in spam received lately.  Doesn't seem that my ISP
>> is on top of it.  In the past 48 hours have received at least three
>> dozen spams from similar parties.  Many seem to be coming from *.store
>> domains.  I haven't knowingly ever visited one of these domains.
>> I don't think I want to run my own email server - mostly because 1) I
>> really don't know how to set one up, and 2) it sounds like a bit of work
>> to maintain.  Of course, I could be wrong, which is why I am asking.
>> I did a whois, and due to privacy cr*p, there's no longer a way to get
>> to the registrants.  I can see why this might be, but it does make it
>> harder to report people.  I did report a couple of domains as spammers
>> to godaddy, since I *think* they were the registrar.  This really
>> doesn't seem kosher to me, since godaddy gets revenue from the
>> spammers.  I also reported a domain or two to my ISP.  Things have
>> slightly slowed down, but I am not holding my breath.
>> In my wife's case, one or more of her acquaintances (with Windows
>> computers?) have had their accounts compromised or information stolen,
>> and she has been super subscribed to what seems like dozens and dozens
>> of spamming lists.  Her spam folder on her phone receives may hundreds
>> of emails a day - it's really out of control.  How can we get out of
>> this mess?
>> Anyways, are there any practical ways to get a better handle on this?
>> Looking for some ideas.  Thanks for any and all suggestions.  I hope
>> this would be a topic of interest to others on this list.  If for no
>> other reason to share what worked and what didn't.
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