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Dealing with Russian Spam in Google Mail aka Gmail

In a day where spam is an increasingly huge issue, I have been using Google's email which does great at spam filtering.  There is of course once major exception, and that is Russian or Cyrillic spam emails.  Google's filters don't seem to be able to block those emails, and if you have had an account as long as I have, the volume of spam is bad.  I was getting 50-100 Russian spam emails every day.

I have experimented and come up with a solution using Google's filter feature.  It has taken several tries to get the right settings to actually be effective.  Here is how to rid yourself of the bad Russian spam!

  1. Log into your account in Gmail
  2. In the upper right part of your screen, click on "Settings"
  3. On the settings page, click on the "Filters" heading
  4. Click the "Create a new filter" link
  5. In the "Has the words" box, copy and past in the contents from this Microsoft Word document (I tried to paste the actual characters here, but they got all screwy)
  6. Click the "Next Step" button
  7. Choose how you want to handle them (I have it skip the inbox, and apply a custom label, this way I can go back and actually flag those messages as spam later)
  8. Click on the "Create Filter" button to save the changes!
This has really worked well for us, eliminating about 90-95% of the Russian spam.  If you find any "tweaks" to this are effective, let me know.

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