Combat Spam using Gmail Filters

If you have an email address, and you sometimes check it, you do get spam. Modifying Benjamin Franklin’s original saying, it now reads: “There are three things certain in life, Death, Taxes, and Email Spam.”

Email hosts and ISPs have their own problems with spam (infrastructure, bandwidth, etc.). I could go on about that, but it is not why you are here.

You are probably reading this because you just received that one additional spam (or1000) that put you over the edge. You now want to take charge and stop the spam at any cost.

Marking your message as spam usually only blocks the one address that sent you the garbage. There are other ways of automatically deleting all messages from specified spammer domains.

One “solution” is to use email filters. Follow these steps to begin weeding out those unwanted messages.

  1. First, find a domain of a known spammer. If you don’t know of any, check the email headers (“Show Original”) of your latest spam message. Otherwise, use one or all of the following (they are known scam/spam artists who should be on everyone’s blocked list):
    • messagereach.com,
    • premiereglobal.com,
    • venturedirect.com,
    • xmr1.com ,
    • xmr2.com,
    • xmr3.com,
    • xmr4.com,
    • xmr5.com,
    • xmr6.com,
    • xmr7.com,
    • xmr8.com,
    • xmr9.com,
    • xmr10.com,
    • xmr11.com,
    • xmr12.com,
    • xmr13.com,
    • xmr14.com,
    • xmr15.com
  2. Click on the “Create a Filter” link next to the search box at the top. A box will open up letting you enter in criteria for your filter.
  3. In the “From” box, type “*@” followed by the the domain name of the spammer. This will block all email from that domain.
  4. If you have more than one domain you would like to add, see below.
    • You can add many domains to your custom spam filter by separating each one with a “|” (This is called a “pipe” character and can be created by pressing SHIFT and “” at the same time). The pipe between domains means “filter the email if it comes from domain1.com or domain2.com”.
    • Your from box should now look something like this: messagereach.com|*premiereglobal.com|*venturedirect.com|*xmr1.com|*xmr2.com|*xmr3.com|*xmr4.com|*xmr5.com|*xmr6.com|*xmr7.com|*xmr8.com|*xmr9.com|*xmr10.com|*xmr11.com|*xmr12.com|*xmr13.com|*xmr14.com|*xmr15.com
  5. Click the “Next Step” Button.
  6. Now there will be a list of check boxes. Click the one that says “Delete It.”
  7. Then click the “Create Filter” button.
  8. Your auto deletion of spam has now begun.

If you are curious about other ways to use Gmail Filters, check out LifeHack’s 20 ways to use Gmail Filters for great tips and advice.

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