Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

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Qiz
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Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by Qiz » Fri Dec 23, 2011 4:59 pm

For the past month I have been getting emails from "PremierPlayers Club" (they are spammers).
Usually 3 or 4 or 6 emails a day on multiple Exetel email accounts.
The spam emails also go to many many other Exetel customers and must be driving everyone crazy with this RUBBISH happening every day.
I have never subscibed to these idiots and never will, but there is no way to un-subscribe from the emails and each email you get, it has a different return email address, so I can not block it in my mail system.
I WANT Exetel to do something about this and either try to BAN this from there servers or find someone who has the power to STOP this rubbish from happening.
If there are any other Exetel customers experiencing this Annoyance, then please complain.
PLEASE help stop this spamming.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by Dazzled » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:14 pm

Unfortunately PremierPlayers Club probably didn't send the garbage. The From and To fields are invariably spoofed to deceive you. It was likely really sent to you by some unsuspecting Windows user who has been turned into part of a zombie network as a result of a malware infection. If you ask your email client to show you the full header you can see the chain of servers it has passed through on the way to you, Exetel on top. I just checked out some similar junk received here, and it has come from some suckered customer of a Romanian ISP. The so-called "St George Bank" sent me one this morning from a residential computer in France. That one even knew my name, perhaps from stealing someone's address book.

So what can be done? If you spot stuff coming regularly from the same IP address, you could look up that person's ISP, and sent off an abuse notification. It won't stop the rest of the zombies though - they also know who you are, and the spammer isn't paying to send it.

You could utilise the very powerful Ironport filter, https://www.exetel.com.au/site_demo/mem ... l_spam.php, http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ac49/ac0 ... nport.html but as it costs Exetel to supply the service, a small monthly extra charge is made.

Lastly you could use a free email client that has an efficient spam filter. All the good ones learn from the content as well as the sender's address. Your filter is inadequate if it keeps passing the same spam, so if you post the client name, someone may help with it.

Most of the dangerous, rather than just annoying, spam (eg imitation bank emails etc) contains a browser coded message (HTTP) which allows for fancy colours and graphics rather than just plain black type. For some reason Microsoft encourages its use, even though it is a fundamental part of "phishing". If you turn the feature off, false links and the like become blindingly obvious. If you run Windows you are at risk of becoming a zombie yourself if you let your guard down. Keep your own malware protection always up to date.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by bodogbodog » Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:18 am

Qiz wrote:For the past month I have been getting emails from "PremierPlayers Club" (they are spammers).
Usually 3 or 4 or 6 emails a day on multiple Exetel email accounts.
The spam emails also go to many many other Exetel customers and must be driving everyone crazy with this RUBBISH happening every day.
...
If there are any other Exetel customers experiencing this Annoyance, then please complain.
PLEASE help stop this spamming.
Yes - I'm with you - given the widespread nature of this SPAM it would be great if Exetel could filter it out
It's the only SPAM I am getting on my Exetel accounts and seems to be coming to accounts I've never actually used (but have setup for use at a later date) so the spammers are just phishing the range of Exemail addresses

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by James » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:04 am

bodogbodog wrote:
Qiz wrote:For the past month I have been getting emails from "PremierPlayers Club" (they are spammers).
Usually 3 or 4 or 6 emails a day on multiple Exetel email accounts.
The spam emails also go to many many other Exetel customers and must be driving everyone crazy with this RUBBISH happening every day.
...
If there are any other Exetel customers experiencing this Annoyance, then please complain.
PLEASE help stop this spamming.
Yes - I'm with you - given the widespread nature of this SPAM it would be great if Exetel could filter it out
It's the only SPAM I am getting on my Exetel accounts and seems to be coming to accounts I've never actually used (but have setup for use at a later date) so the spammers are just phishing the range of Exemail addresses
Why not sign up for the spam filtering service?

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by bodogbodog » Mon Dec 26, 2011 9:27 am

James wrote: Why not sign up for the spam filtering service?
Like I say in my post it's (pretty much) the only Spam I get on my Exetel accounts - my email client (Outlook) typically filters out Spam and tags it as Junk - so I don't really see the point in paying extra for more filtering for this spam attack

BTW - how much is the Exetel spam filtering and where does one find it in User Facilities - I just tried and couldn't locate it

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by Mixer » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:33 am

bodogbodog wrote:
Like I say in my post it's (pretty much) the only Spam I get on my Exetel accounts...BTW - how much is the Exetel spam filtering and where does one find it in User Facilities - I just tried and couldn't locate it
bodogbodog the Premier Players Club Spam is not just localised to Exetel, I have been showered in spam from two other accounts I hold that are not linked in anyway to Exetel. I just set a filter to delete all emails that contains the source address.
FYI the filter setup is in user facilities /manage services / email it costs two bucks per month.
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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:31 pm

I too have been getting these for past few months. Started pre Christmas. I'm fed up with it.
They just started coming one day and have never stopped since.
I haven't used my Exetel email address online at all for years. I use my Gmail address.
I keep this address for Exetel, my bank, the odd personal email plus I see on checking that there are a couple of newsletters I signed up for years ago which I'd forgotten to change to Gmail. In over 2 years I've only sent 42 emails and most of them have been to Exetel Support when setting up new plans or because I was having problems with VoIP etc.

The only Spam I get are these ones. Normally the only mail coming into the Inbox is the Exetel Newsletter and Updates and these Spam Mail.

I never open these emails but delete every day manually from my Junk Mail. As yet I haven't bothered to filter my end because I've wanted to contact Exetel first rather then me just hiding them and pretending that they are not being sent.
I'm finding it very strange that in the message source all reciprocates of the email are Exetel users.

When I open the properties of these emails in the message source there is a list of other Exetel members besides my name who I presume are receiving the same email as me.
I do not know anyone who has an ExeMail account. I don't write to anyone that has an ExeMail account. I don't know any of these people listed.
I feel there has to be something to the fact that the ones being sent to me are being bulk sent to other Exetel Users.

In the properties it shows
To: "jansmits" followed by 11 Exetel users, I presume, as they all have ExeMail addresses including my address.
Every spam email that I have checked the properties of are the same but I have not spent time to see if it is the same names every time.

I've been meaning to write in forum for weeks about this but kept delaying. After 2 more being there tonight, decided something must be able to be done about this.
Isn't there something Exetel can do considering all the names on the list are Exetel members?

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by NadunH » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:22 am

I've been meaning to write in forum for weeks about this but kept delaying. After 2 more being there tonight, decided something must be able to be done about this.
Isn't there something Exetel can do considering all the names on the list are Exetel members?
Can you please forward all those e-mails to spam@exetel.com.au?

patara
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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:30 am

Okay. I will place in a zip the ones that are in my Recycle Bin.
Thanks for reponse.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:21 am

I've started to do them but I'm checking each one to see if other exemail addresses are showing and that is a slow process. So far I've dropped 27 in the folder, all having multiple Exemail addresses only in them. They are not the same exemail addresses in every one and of course I don't know if these are false addresses but presume they are not.

There is the odd one where I can't see other names but perhaps I'm missing them and so far I have not added them to the folder, although I know they are from the same spammer, because same subject header.
I am also having to rename many of them by adding a number sequence as they have the same file name so it will take me a while to go through the lot. I still have over 300 of them to check, all sent since late December.
The sequence seems to be send an email out with same header for approx 7 emails and then the subject is switched to something else but all are on Gaming and Jackpots etc.
As my checking is showing the majority have multiple Exemail users can I just place them all in the zip so I don't need to check the properties of each one. I still have to number them as I drop in though as do not get the option to add more than 1 with the same file name.
Or do you just want a sample number sent?

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by NadunH » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:02 am

I've started to do them but I'm checking each one to see if other exemail addresses are showing and that is a slow process. So far I've dropped 27 in the folder, all having multiple Exemail addresses only in them. They are not the same exemail addresses in every one and of course I don't know if these are false addresses but presume they are not.

There is the odd one where I can't see other names but perhaps I'm missing them and so far I have not added them to the folder, although I know they are from the same spammer, because same subject header.
I am also having to rename many of them by adding a number sequence as they have the same file name so it will take me a while to go through the lot. I still have over 300 of them to check, all sent since late December.
The sequence seems to be send an email out with same header for approx 7 emails and then the subject is switched to something else but all are on Gaming and Jackpots etc.
As my checking is showing the majority have multiple Exemail users can I just place them all in the zip so I don't need to check the properties of each one. I still have to number them as I drop in though as do not get the option to add more than 1 with the same file name.
Or do you just want a sample number sent?
Thank you very much.. :D

27 e-mails will be enough.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:56 am

Okay. I'll also add in a couple that have come in over last couple of days and get it away.
Well another one has just arrived while typing this.

I was in error with that amount. That was the total deleted mail, dating back to 2008.
There are 186 unread [ I never open Spam Mail ], and of them there are only 7 sent before these started. So between October 2008 and November 2011, I get 7 spam mail that seems to have no connection to each other. Then from November 2011, I have 179 spam emails, of them only 8 seem to be not connected. The other 171 emails are all to do with Gambling etc. I don't gamble and have never been to any gambling website.
The first one seems to have only my name but the 2nd one has other exemail names.
Going on those facts something certainly isn't right here.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Mon Apr 09, 2012 3:28 am

Okay, I just sent it off.
Thanks for the support.
It's appreciated.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by Dazzled » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:12 am

Patara, this page might be of interest: http://spamtrackers.eu/wiki/index.php/Gambling_Casinos.

I haven't had one from this mob for a couple of months now, but as the article says, the sites rapidly evaporate. I also always got the long list of apparent Exemail email addresses in the To: field, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are all invented red herrings.

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Re: Stop "PremierPlayers Club" spam emails PLEASE

Post by patara » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:55 am

Thanks for response.
That may well be but going by my spam history something has happened to instigate this and I don't use this account online. The main use is to to get Exetel Newsletters and contact support. If this was a general spam issue and I was getting spam from all over the place on lots of different topics then I would accept that it was normal and perhaps I needed to pay for spam filtering. I read in your posts you are getting other types of spam and seems you need to use a filter.

It is not the norm for me to get spam nor have I ever had the need to pay to filter them. Norton's does that by placing in my Junk Folder.
As I rarely use the account for anything but what I have mentioned previously I have not emptied my Inbox and Deleted Items Folder since setting up Win7 and WLM in 2008. Except for the 15 Unread Spam with mostly unconnected subjects since 2008, all the other 171 Unread Spam are the Gambling ones that started at the end of November. This shows it is not normal for that account.
I check the Spam box at Gmail approx every 2 weeks so I can see what spam is being sent to my account as well as make sure Gmail has not placed the wrong item in there and I've only ever seen a couple to do with Gambling but until now I've never thought to check the Properties and compare with the ones going to Exemail. No Junk emails feed down to me from Gmail except for legal mail that Gmail thinks is Junk like newsletters etc.
But that Gmail account has over 1,000 emails passing through it each month as it is my default mail, I use it in Yahoo Groups and it is also the one I use online if filling any addy boxes.
Going by my calculations the total Exetel Gambling Spam for the period in question is getting close to outnumbering my Gmail spam for the same period when in fact the Gmail account should be far ahead of the Exemail account. Especially when you compare that in my Exetel account there has been under 1,000 Incoming emails since 2008 whereas I know Gmail would have covered well in excess of 50,000 during the same time period.

If they are genuine addresses then Exetel needs to know about it and find out how and why they were obtained. If they are not I still feel it needs to be addressed. Me pretending they are not coming will not fix the reasons behind it or explain why this Exetel email address is being targeted when my Default online Addy is not.

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