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How to filter mail from an unknown ip address?

1113 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2011 8:47 PM by kludged RSS
kludged Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 22, 2011 11:46 AM

I keep getting spam from different email addresses, and different ip addresses that have a common look and feel.  They generally are sent from some made up name, from some made up host, and have a one line description like "Save Money today, just go to this link: http://BLAH.com".  What I find is that the in the long header "received from" usually identifies "unknown" as part of the host.  I use dreamhost and they generally mark ip addresses that they don't know as 'unknown'.  Can I use this in a email filter to eliminated all received email from an unknown IP address?

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Apr 22, 2011 2:19 PM (in response to kludged)

    Yes, you can set up a filter. However, if you are using Apple Mail, it might be simpler to let it learn that you don't want these. Have you enabled Junk filtering in Mail's preferences? Have you been marking these unwanted messages as junk?

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Apr 22, 2011 3:43 PM (in response to kludged)

    OK, so set up a rule. It should be along the lines of "If any of the following are met - From contains unknown - move message to mailbox Junk. Call it anything - maybe Dump Unknown. On exit, don't apply it (this is always the safe option). If you still have one of them in your inbox, select it and use Message/Apply Rules to test what happens.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Apr 23, 2011 3:57 PM (in response to kludged)

    Sorry, but I am unclear as to whether or not the rule is now doing what you wanted ...

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