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Gmail's new outbound filtering


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 PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:12 pm   
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Interesting development.

Gmail began applying outbound content filtering to their messaging. This is good news in that anyone spamming using a gmail account for things like Nigerian scams will not get their messages delivered. Since this has been applied, I now only see Nigerian scams originating from Yahoo and Hotmail. Win!

However: My main Gmail account can no longer report spamming to anybody. My report contains the offending message and its header, and as a result: Gmail won't deliver the message. This includes any phishing urls I try to report, or any hijacked servers.

There is a process for unblocking this, but generally speaking Gmail has effectively killed off any means of reporting online badness if you want to use a Gmail account to do so.

I'm not 100% sure how this makes me feel. In a way I think it's a really, *really* significant change. The volume of my inbound Nigerian scam messages has dropped like a stone. That definitely can't be good for the Nigerian scammer "business".

I wish Yahoo would implement this. Literally nobody I know uses Yahoo Mail anymore. Everything I receive featuring any Yahoo Mail domain automatically ends up in the spam folder, that's how terrible its reputation is.

SiL


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