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Could be an inside job, too. A few weeks after a merger which gave me a brand new email address I never used anywhere, I started receiving spam on the unused address. I figure that one of the thousands of third party contractors scraped the whole address book and sold it for a few dollars.
The solution of last resort, IMO. You're seriously inconveniencing all your contacts more than anything else.
And it's not much of a long-term solution either - the reality is, you don't have to give out a new email address to anyone for the spammers to start sending junk to it. It'll be discovered sooner or later, and then they all start sharing the address with their buddies.
I've registered accounts with variations of my name on a few of the more popular free email systems, and I can guarantee some of these have never been shared with anyone. That includes systems that have been put together by people who (you'd think) have a pretty good grip by now on how to handle spam (Gmail and Outlook among others). Yet spam still makes it in. That means there'd be plenty more coming in on systems that aren't as good at identifying spam.
Speaking as someone who has run Exchange since 1994, i can tell you it is a pretty complex subject. It's a whole science. The technology is always changing, the criminals are finding new ways to try and exploit people. It's a war.
It's a war I mean to win.
But you have to keep on top of your edge firewalls, examine logs daily. DKIM and SPF are critical. Careful configuration of DNS based blacklists are critical.
99.99% of spam is dropped by simply blocking non-conforming inbound messages. I then have my firewall block their subnets for a year to cut the noise traffic.
Right this minute I have over 1/2 million subnets blocked on an edge firewall... All of that is totally automated but I have to keep on top of it to make sure nothing gets through.
On our entire infrastructure, I can remember getting 1 spam email in the last 2 months. (the firewall drops about 1 a second).
That is really odd. I have had a Gmail account from more or less when they became available ( 15 odd years ago or so ) and I have to say Gmail has always been quite good at blocking spam etc... Something slips through every now and again bit it is very rare. I wonder why yours might be doing so much worse.
Every now and again I have look at the spam folder just to see how many Nigerian princes are willing to share hidden funds with me, after paying a certain amount of money to get access to them of course.
Yeah, me too.
GMail is pretty good, but since a while, about four a day slip through.
It happens more often, but never more than a few days so this has been going on far longer than usual.
There's still a good chance it will just stop at some time though.
I read ALL my mail, so if I get a spam message my spam folder will go to the top and show (x) unread emails.
For some reason, almost all my Microsoft/Azure/DevOps newsletters are spam so I whitelisted the Microsoft domain.
Other than that it rarely happens though.
Four to five a week sounds like a lot, are they from the same person/company?
If so, consider whitelisting them.
I have the same experience. Windows 10 Outlook NEVER properly handles spam. It allows dumb stuff through and filters out emails from people's email addresses that I've authorized/white listed. Fairly worthless spam filtering!
Outlook client lets you view the email source and the Internet headers so you can see where the email actually came from (see sample below). I do not use Gmail I do not know if it has the same capability.
I've found that the biggest place that SPAM comes from is a DOMAIN registration.
Blame yourself if you chose GoDaddy just because it's (you're) cheap...
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