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Spam from University of Sydney

I get large amounts of email spam.  Apart from asking people concerned to stop (the University of Sydney ignores such requests) and adding unsought email addresses to my junk mail box (useless as the address list is apparently circulated inside the organisation) what else can I do? Isn’t an unsubscribe option a requirement for this type of mail.  It isn’t offered on these University of Sydney emails.

OK I could live with it and go on deleting this garbage but the volume of unsought spam substantially reduces the utility I get from my email facility.  It is an abuse.

Update:  I emailed the VC at University of Sydney and hopefully some action will occur.  The mailing list is purchased from a supplier (AAP).


6 comments to Spam from University of Sydney

  • conrad

    I consistently use the block sender (I probably block hundreds of address now) and I don’t see why that shouldn’t take care of it unless they are deliberately changing the address. If you have a gmail account, which are especially good at spam stopping, you can do “report spam”. If enough people do it (who knows how many), then the university of Sydney spam will really get to Spam rather than slip through. At least for gmail, I’ve noticed this has happened with a few universities that do this (one in Korea in particular comes to mind that seems to spam everyone in the world they can), and all those Conference-in-China, Journal-of-Crapology, be-on-our-list-of-important people spammers seem to go straight to spam also.

  • hc

    I emailed the “Media officer” who does this stuff at University of Sydney. She said she uses an APP data base that recognises my interest in “finance”. This information is wrong. Group blocking University of Sydney is a problem since there are people there I want to communicate with. The main is the internal university mail.

    BTW I also get theKorean junk.

    But what a stupid joke! These people damage email and my ability to communicate with the world.

  • conrad

    You don’t need group blocking — you just need to block single addresses. Microsoft Outlook has “Block Sender” and that will just block single email addresses. This should solve all your problems unless the same sender has stuff you want.

    If this is the case, you can use Rules (most clients have this) so you can pipe different things to different folders. These are handy too if you get a lot of university stuff that is sometimes useful but generally not. Just send stuff to a folder you check once a week. I don’t use this, but instead just use two emails, my university one and gmail — (gmail is better than my university one, since it never runs out of space and stays with me when I change jobs).

  • andrewt

    Bounce an offending email to

    The emails may or may not come under the Spam Act but it might embarrass them into being reasonable and providing an unsubscribe option.

  • hc

    Thanks Andrewrt and Stuart – I’ve recorder\d these addresses and will use them.

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