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OUTLOOK -delete if From is a first name

By jlhiowa ·
Hi. I need help with Outlook 2000. How can I set up the Rules Wizard (or any other method) to delete e-mails when From shows only a last name.

Example: From Jane Doe is fine, but From Jane would be deleted.

I am trying to do this because I have a user with spam emails showing only a first name in the From field. Her business related emails all have a first and last name.
Yes I've warned her that this will easily have the potential to delete valid e-mails. And I'll make sure and emphasize this again before I put on the Rule.

Thanks!

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by Mr Miron In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

I would stay far away from that solution but here is a good one

http://www.andersson-design.com/junkurl/index.shtml

It's an outlook add-in that is great for spam.

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by jlhiowa In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

Thanks for the info but this isn't what I need.

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by jlhiowa In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

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by jlhiowa In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

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by Choppit In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

I'd agree with Mr Miron to steer clear of this as a solution which is essentially just a spam problem. If its a client side spam filter you need I'd recommend Spambayes. I've found it to be a very effective solution (it's also free)and as an aside you may also find that the filtering you're trying to implement is included in the default bayesian filters. You can download it from http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/windows.html

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by marccouture In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

Hi,

I'm not convinced that what you are trying to do is doable. The probability of "good" e-mails being thrown out is high, as your user has no real control over e-mail address usernames (unless special characters or other junk appears in that part of the address).

The above being said, you might be able to combine rules to sort messages out. The first rule would sort known users (say, by moving these messages in a specially created folder), and the second one would sort out unknown users (or, at least, move questionable ones elsewhere for deletion). Unfortunately, this requires manual processing. To simplify this, you might have to use shareware or commercial utilities (one that comes to mind and is GREAT for business users is NEO (Nelson Organizer, http://www.caelo.com)), as Outlooks' tools are limited in that regard.

Good luck!

Regards,

Marc Couture

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by Lizzy In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

You may want to consider upgrading to Outlook 2003 because it has built in Junk Mail filtering and it is easy to add or remove items from the filtered list via context menus and you can also sort by criteria and choose more than one message at a time to do this--using CTRL to select multiple messages, right click for context menu, and choose add or remove from junk mail sender\recipient lists.

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by Gooser12 In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

You can use the rules wizard built in - use Jane - delete it but then say except if name is JaneDoe. You get the exception policies after you have entered in what to do to the message.

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by bcmathis In reply to OUTLOOK -delete if From ...

Block the emails using a spam filter like GFI and/or by IP Address. Find out the IP address by opening the spam email, going to View > Options. Inside of options is the email information which includes the sending mail server and its IP Address. From there block it by using GFI or through Exchange. Im not sure it this is the same in previous versions of outlook because our company only uses 2003

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