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As can be seen from the messages which AOL users have posted in the "Spam Settings" section, this is a continuous problem which AOL REFUSES to address.
By way of comparison: I receive (at most) about 5 to 10 spam messages a week on my gmail account. I receive HUNDREDS of spam messages in my AOL account. About 90% are in my spam folder but the remainder are in my "inbox" and there is no way to get AOL to do anything about this problem -- no matter how many hundreds of AOL users complain. This is the problem with large organizations. They just do NOT care about input from their users or customers.
AOL currently moves spam messages into a user's spam folder. However, why doesn't AOL totally prohibit messages from a specific spam address prefix? For example: Every week I receive HUNDREDS of emails which begin with "newsletter@". Instead of putting all these hundreds of messages into my spam folder, why not just prevent ALL messages which begin with "newsletter@" ?? At a minimum, why not give AOL users the OPTION to globally ban certain types of messages. Nobody could possibly enter each individual email address into your "block this address" option when the senders are using literally HUNDREDS or perhaps even THOUSANDS of address permutations.
Why don't you create an option which permits users to globally block ALL messages which come from a specific email prefix? For example: I am receiving HUNDREDS of spam emails which begin with "newsletter@".
It would be exceptionally helpful if AOL allowed users to input "newsletter@" into a blocked email option so that NONE of those messages even make it into my spam folder.
I realize that spam senders will invent new permutations of their email address, but at least users can globally block them.
ALSO: AOL should have an automatic review policy for ANY message which is sent to more than 100 addresses from the same email prefix. Thus, when AOL confirms that such emails are mass-volume SPAM, they should automatically be BLOCKED --- not just sent to spam folders.
BTW--many of the fraudulent messages which claim to be coming from a bank or credit card company have obviously phony email addresses. In some cases, the message totally disappears once it is opened. In other words, they have some kind of ability to automatically delete their message once it is opened----so it cannot be sent to fraud unit of the actual credit card company or financial institution and it also cannot be forwarded to AOL because the message totally disappears.
If AOL users had the ability to "return to sender" every message received OR to globally block ALL messages from specific email addresses or even just email prefixes OR which contain just specific words -- then the amount of spam would be reduced dramatically. But AOL does NOT care what their users want.
AOL has absolutely NO interest in correcting ANY problem which annoys their customers -- no matter how many complaints they receive. I receive HUNDREDS of spam messages every week that begin with "newsletter@..." and you would think AOL would create a method by which users could block ALL messages starting with that prefix---but they refuse to do so
200th rankedMR ERNIE LAZAR shared this idea ·
That is a good idea but AOL doesn't care how many millions of spam messages are sent out. It is similar to our government pretending that there is no way to prohibit millions of robocalls to landline phone numbers.
Lately, I have been receiving DOZENS of emails from many different entities whose email address begins with: "*****r@" such as the following example: *****@******.us
Many appear to originate in foreign countries, Can't AOL either prohibit such emails OR, at a minimum, require anybody whose email address begins with "n******r@" -- to apply for permission from AOL to send out what must be thousands of messages?