Spam coming through now and then

MailAdmin mailadmin at
Fri Oct 23 10:29:36 IST 2009

I have had a email that got through MailScanner/Spamassasin
Looking at the details in Mailwatch the SpamAssasin Score is 0, with
Cached Out in the Spam Report?
Wondering why would SA time out? Server under pressure?  

-----Original Message-----
From: mailscanner-bounces at
[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of Alex
Sent: 23 October 2009 09:20
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: school targeted phishing getting past MailScanner and

On 10/23/2009 9:48 AM, --[ UxBoD ]-- wrote:
> ----- "Robert Lopez" <rlopezcnm at> wrote:
> | >From what I see in the logs MailScanner and ScamNailer are stopping
> | a
> | LOT of email like these examples:
> | 
> | Found phishing fraud from
> | claiming to
> | in F1AB6660637.1911E
> | Found phishing fraud from
> |
> | claiming to be
> |
> | in DB66D29B5.F13D9
> | 
> | I am not sure if those are phishing or not. They are at least
> | spam.
> | 
> | Using :  grep "Found phishing fraud" maillog | grep -v "claiming to
> | be"
> | finds only 12 log entries whereas the "claiming to be" type are
> | since Monday morning.
> | 
> | What is not being stopping is the email that threatens to remove the
> | target's email account unless they send account name, birth date,
> | student id, password, etc. to an email address.
> | 
> | I am wondering if I should attempt to write Spamassassin rules to
> | stop
> | that kind of phishing.  Everything I think of would stop _this_
> | if I assigned weight to the critical words used in that type of
> | email.
> | 
> | What other ways can MailScanner and ScamNailer be used to stop this
> | kind of school targeted phishing which all too often is successful
> | and
> | leads to account compromises?
> | 
> You could try this from John Hardin on the SpamAssassin list :-
> It may require a few tweaks for your own setup.

iirc, these rules *may* require some changes in the ReplaceTags plugin 
which will be released in SA 3.3.0, some rules *may* fail or do weird 

be attentive...

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