Just like phones scammers, etc. are spoofing email addresses and domains. I regularly delete over 100 emails a day n my Spam folder. When I go to Mail > Mail Settings > Mail Filters, I can enter a filter and select what to do with emails that contain the filter. However, there are several problems with the process.
Take for example: Filter name: McAfee From Contains McAfee and mover = Trash folder.
Issue 1 -- I don't have a trash folder, I have a spam folder If I select an email and hit the Delete button it will delete the email from the folder, but then shows up in the Recently Deleted folder. On the other hand, if is click on Delete All in the spam folder I'm asked if I want to delete all or cancel. If I select Delete All in the Spam folder, they end up in the Recently Deleted folder. There is some cross thinking here that needs to be straightened out.
Issue 2 -- Spammers are catching on that if the From in the email is a graphic, the filters do not work. My suggestion is to establish a rule that if From is a graphic to automatically delete it.
Issue 3 -- At one time, in a much earlier version of AOL, I was able to enter key words or phrases that were in the From, Subject, or message that would automatically and permanently delete emails containing the words or phrases. Bringing this process back would certainly help in reducing spam. When that process was in place I reduced my spam to about 3-8 email a day. Since it was removed, my spam has increased dramatically.
Issue -- 4 Since you are able to scan for filters, I strongly suggest scanning emails for unsubscribe links that do not link to actual domains or link to the dark web.
Hope this is helpful and will result in some needed upgrades.
fordham heights commented
Maybe Mr. Rasmussen could do the job for AOL as a freelancer
Users can even volunteer lists of the worst spam offenders so that the real sources can be choked out.
It seems like AOL certainly needs someone who has the answer to a seemingly straightforward solution these days - unless it's not worth it ($) for the bean counters to let IT put in a better fix.
The setup at work using Gmail has strong enough blockers and filters to minimize what must be a ton of dirty effluence flowing into their network.
I understand we dinosaurs using AOL are not a top priority for the C-suite types, but some of us (yes I'm afraid I'm one of them) actually still pay for the service...so give us a break AOL, and let the geniuses in Marketing know that sometimes the customer still counts so that your programming folks can get the job done.
Look, when Genesis Market via Operation Cookie Monster went down a couple of weeks ago my spam folder was empty for DAYS, then I guess several of the dark web types got ahold of the email list and the dumps of email garbage crept up again. It was heaven for a couple of weeks, so thank you FBI and Europol.
At a time there are AR, VR, 3D, AI, chatbots, and all kinds of advanced technologies are now standard in the world, certainly a couple of email fixes to screen out the evil email bots can't hurt the bottom line THAT much, right?
ALAN NUNN commented
I agree with the above comments. Spam email is becoming a big problem for me too.
It would also help if we could block all emails that start with the same few letters - I get loads of emails from the same individual but they change the latter part of the email everyday.
Any help please.!