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    SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7])

    Not sure if this should be in Outlook or here. Any Mod, please feel free to move if you think it should be else where.

    I've been getting a lot of SPAM lately with nonsense in the subject, preceeded by "Re" plus open square braket plus a number plus close square braket colon then nonsense - i.e. "Re[7]: question with her tablets".

    I'm fairly certain outlook doesn't generate a number after it inserts a 'Re' but does any other e-mail program? I can't recall seeing this on any messages I've received.

    I'm thinking about writing a rule to junk these messages.

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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7])

    That's one of the saviors of outlook....rules, rules, rules <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

    I believe the Re is put in place to thwart the efforts of some internet-based mail recipients, with the Re indicating that you generated the email...so it must be okay to open... <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7])

    Understood, and like everyone gets lots of replys and forwards each day - but I've never seen that number (or can't remember)

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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7])

    If you don't have any emails with a [ in them, I'd start by filtering those out, maybe not setting the rule to delete them, but at least move them to the deleted folder. Then you can scan them to see if any actually have meaning. Are they from the same person?
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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7

    I started getting hit by these two or three months ago, but not recently which suggests my spam assassin has got them nailed. I think it is a deliberate attempt to fox you by making it look different from the normal spam, and also easy to generate a different subject line (incrementing number) to make it difficult for you to filter on.
    From memory, I was getting the same spam daily but with a different number, for several weeks.

    I'll move this thread to Outlook - someone who doesn't frequent Scuttlebutt may have some more helpful advice.

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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7

    Thanks Leif,
    1st thing Monday morning - a new Outlook rule!

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    Re: SPAM - does any e-mail software use this (Re[7

    Back in the mid-1990s, I was at a firm that used cc:Mail, which became a Lotus product. It would use bracketed numbers as replies incremented. Here's a typical and a very unusual example from my archives:

    Re[2]: a practice tip re internet spec's

    Re[8]: FYI - Don't despair!

    Not sure whether anyone uses this system any more, or whether Notes does the same thing.

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