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There is a huge increase in spam now in my email server--Thunderbird, but also on my android cell phone. The new spam messages just have a paragraph of text, there isn't a place to unsubscribe. Is there a way to get rid of these? On Thunderbird they just automatically get marked as spam. No such feature on my cell phone. Ideas??
 

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You say, "in my e-mail server," then mention Thunderbird (an e-mail client) and your Android phone (using another e-mail client).

Do you actually have control over the server itself?

If not, what e-mail service provider are you using?
 

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I probably used the wrong term e-mail server when I meant provider.
My email provider is Century Link for both cell and computer. I have a Samsung Galaxy J7 Crown cell phone using Tracfone access. And my cell phone has a Samsung email. My computer has Thunderbird. Could I possibly use Thunderbird on my cell?
 

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See: CenturyLink Email - Configure Spam Settings as well as CenturyLink Email - Creating Email Filters

In the age of IMAP (and any other server side protocols) you should be creating your filters on the server itself, using their filter options (and CenturyLink has a very good set), so that the filtering will have taken place before the messages even download to your devices.

The reason they're getting automatically marked as Spam under Thunderbird is either because over time you trained Thunderbird's Junk filters (which apply only within Thunderbird) or the ones they provide as generic ones are working.

You really want the determination of whether something is spam or not to be happening on the CenturyLink server before those messages ever hit your inbox. Whether that's more easily accomplished in this case by tweaking their spam filtering, or by setting up custom filters to mark something as spam is something you'll have to decide after looking at both options.
 

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Along with the most excellent advice my colleague gave......you thread title, using the unsubscribe method.....back in the day....that was just as bad as opening the spam email. Then we were advised not to use the unsubscribe link. To this day I don't use it...not sure if it matters now but it just force of habbit now.

I just right click the email link from the inbox and manually add to the spam list.....using outlook 2016 as my email client.
 

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The only time I ever use an unsubscribe link is if I am getting e-mail that I do not want from an entity that I have done business with in the past. It's easy to accidentally subscribe to, say, the Kohl's Monthly Specials, when you really didn't intend to.

In those cases, since the messages are from legitimate entities, unsubscribing generally works and works fine. Places you actually conduct business with don't want to be sending you unwanted communications.

However, if the message is true, unadulterated spam to begin with, the unsubscribe is a clever way to confirm not only that an e-mail address is still active but that the message was read and reacted to. That's gold for spammers looking to sell address lists to other spammers. Those just get promptly marked as spam so that my email provider can update their filters, which are generally excellent to begin with. I can't recall the last time I saw a piece of spam.
 

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That was advice I wouldn't have known without this thread. Unsubscribing being something that doesn't help the spam situation. Thanks.
 

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Spammers and hackers do not give you a chance to "unsubscribe".
And if they included a "Unsubscribe" link, clicking it would be as bad as clicking any other link in the spam message.
Bottom line, never click on a link in a message that is not coming from a trusted sender.
 

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There is a huge increase in spam now in my email server--Thunderbird, but also on my android cell phone. The new spam messages just have a paragraph of text, there isn't a place to unsubscribe. Is there a way to get rid of these? On Thunderbird they just automatically get marked as spam. No such feature on my cell phone. Ideas??
Most emails have a Block option. If I can not find a unsubscribe like I use Block.
 

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Most emails have a Block option. If I can not find a unsubscribe like I use Block.
Which is, most often, an exercise in futility, as the probability of getting spam twice from the same address is relatively small.

You also have to be cautious about just going ahead and blocking, as spammers often spoof another valid email address, and if that email address happens to be one from which you receive legitimate email you really don't want it blocked.
 

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I fighted with this problem repeatedly and I didn't know what to do because emails spam randomly started. I searched and tried different ways to clean my email. I wasn't able to find the actual source of the messages and I decided to address to a specialist. He told me some safe ways to stop it. I used spam filters because they detect unsolicited, unwanted, and virus-infested Emails.
 

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I use Thunderbird. Sometimes I get emails that are marked "TBird thinks this is junk mail". 99.44% of the time it is truly junk. Instead of just deleting it, I use the Message Filters in TBird to tell them to "mark as read" and "delete". The Message Filters are under Tools in the upper left.
 
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