March 12, 2014
Almost everybody who has used an email account to send or receive email has received 'tons' of spam messages promoting the illicit sale of counterfeit male performance drugs, such as Viagra.
These spam email messages often have the words "Viagra" or "Pfizer" in the From (Sender) field, to try to catch the attention of gullible people, imploring them to click on the enclosed links, leading to fake online pharmacies, selling counterfeit drugs, for which the spammers act as paid affiliates.
The folks that do knowingly click on links to buy Viagra (or Cialis, or Levitra) from these fake pharmacies are bypassing the only protection their country's medical system offers: the requirement to consult your physician and be tested to see if you are able to safely use that drug without the risk of serious consequences, and if so, at what dosage. They are placing themselves at serious medical risk by purchasing unregulated drugs that are produced by counterfeiters in Asia.
Most of the fake Viagra pharmacies dispensing Asian drugs are hosted on Russian domains, owned by Russian and Ukrainian drug spam syndicates using payment portals friendly to cybercriminals.
Last, but not least, Americans who purchase prescription drugs from foreign online pharmacies that ship the drugs to the USA, are violating Federal laws that forbid the personal importing of prescription drugs from abroad. Penalties start with seizure of the packages and may go up to fines and imprisonment for repeat offenders or distributors.
If you are not one of the gullible people who click on links in spam messages and are not interested in even seeing this kind of garbage in your email client's inbox, read on.
As a long-time spam fighter, I have been writing anti-spam filters for use in MailWasher Pro, which is made by Firetrust Ltd, based in New Zealand. I publish my own MailWasher spam filters for others to use, at no charge (other than the occasional donation). Note that these filters are specific to MailWasher Pro.
Lately, I have received a few requests from non-MailWasher users to show how them my spam filters can be "ported" for use in certain desktop email clients, like the long-deprecated Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail and even to Mac Mail. While I cannot "port" my entire filter set to another program, I can explain how particular filters can be composed in say Windows Live Mail, to do basically the same thing. I'll even go one step further and show how Webmasters and domain owners who have websites hosted on servers running cPanel can create custom spam filters to block email for counterfeit Pfizer drugs, or anything else that is known spam.
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