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GMail, POP and SPAM

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I have been using GMail as a Spam Filter for quite some time. However, in the recent past I have experienced some weirdness and was wondering if something changed on my end, I did something different/wrong or if something changed on GMail that I was not aware of.

In my mail scenario, all of my mail gets forwarded to my GMail account from all my other email accounts and I use the GMail POP feature to download/archive my mail on the server. In the past email that was stored in my GMail spam folder was never downloaded via POP to my local email client. However, for the past few weeks that seems to have changed. I have started to receive Spam that has been marked in GMail in my POP client as well.

What am I missing? Are you seeing the same thing?

[EDIT] It turns out that I WAS missing something (this also might help someone else). Apparently, if you redirect an email address from inside Plesk, Plesk assumes that in addition to redirecting the email, you also want to archive another copy on your local server. My email client was setup to download from both places and so I saw copies of the spam messages as well.

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  1. Titanas (5 comments.) says:

    All i know is that the last couple of weeks spam is quite a lot on Gmail and some spam messages escape the filters and appear in my indox. It’s weird though, since all those messages made it to my inbox looked like typical spam to me. Maybe Google is messing with something new?

  2. Levi (2 comments.) says:

    I haven’t been getting this happening to me, at least I’m pretty sure I haven’t. Let me just check my GMail spam folder…

    Nope, I haven’t been experiencing this at all. Sorry I can’t help you out.

  3. sunburntkamel says:

    perhaps this would be more appropriate in a gmail support group, than here, where it shows up in everyone’s wordpress dashboard.

  4. Computer Guru (13 comments.) says:

    I’m same as Titanus; I use it as a online spam blocker, but their filters seem to be shot to shit now :(

  5. jazzle says:

    I’m inclined to agree.
    With great power come great responsibility…

  6. Computer Guru (13 comments.) says:

    lol, maybe he wanted it to show up on everyone’s dashboard to get the attention for this obviously disasterous bug?
    If only there was a way to route email via my blog, run it through akismet and spam karma 2; then send it back…
    oh wait, my host is already complaining about the load as it is…..

  7. Leighm (2 comments.) says:

    It seems to be happening @ Yahoo! as well. I first noticed it a couple of months ago. The mail gets routed to yahoo!’s bulk mail folder, AND it gets delivered via POP. I contacted Yahoo! (snicker). No reply… that must mean they’re busily working on it

  8. Leighm (2 comments.) says:

    It seems to be happening @ Yahoo! as well. I first noticed it a couple of months ago. The mail gets routed to yahoo!’s bulk mail folder, AND it gets delivered via POP. I contacted Yahoo! (snicker). No reply… that must mean they’re busily working on it

  9. Kommix (1 comments.) says:

    Bad news: the spam-warrior company BlueSecurity’s e-mail database for anti-spamming (also the BlueFrog software’s db) has been stolen by some wicked and lo-self-esteemed spammer&hackers a few days ago. So, we are all getting more and more spams these days. For more info:
    http://it.slashdot.org/article.....02/1326228



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