For the past few years I have used the spam filter (called “junk mail”) feature in Outlook 2003 and 2007. Consistently, it has done a terrific job of filtering out virtually all spam sent to the handful of email addresses I use. Recently, though, emails claiming to be from CNN containing my daily news alerts have been passing right through the Outlook filter and into my Inbox.
My first clue that these emails were junk came with my not having any recollection of signing up for CNN news alerts (I use google news for such). So, without even opening the first of these notes I found in my Inbox, I went directly to the Outlook Actions menu, selected “Junk Mail” and then “Add to Blocked Senders.” Since then, Outlook hasn’t caught a single of these phony CNN posts and, for each one, I have gone through the Outlook junk mail procedure in hopes that it might start to catch on. Sadly, I find four or five of these CNN mailings sneaking in every day.
Does anyone out there have a strategy for stopping these? Does anyone know what it is that these spammers did to break the Outlook filter for their messages that 99% of the other spammers haven’t figured out?
I can’t say this is the worst issue I’ve ever encountered but it is quite annoying and I would like for it to go away.