Recently, we've noticed an increase in forum topics related to the Optus Webmail spam filter.
The team on Yes Crowd thought it be a good idea to clear the air and offer up answers to some of your most the commonly asked questions.
If the email has managed to bypass the automated spam filter, you should always report spam directly to Optus.
Note: When you report spam, it’s the content within the email that’s being flagged. This may include:
If you’ve flagged an email as spam, you may still receive emails from the same sender. If we receive a high number of reports from the same sender, the sender’s IP address may be blocked permanently.
Important: Do not forward suspected spam to email@example.com. If you attempt to forward spam through the Optus network, you are at risk of an account suspension. Our abuse team are responsible for investigating instances of Optus branded phishing . Instances of spam should only be reported via the report spam button.
A: No, the webmail spam filter is automatically switched on by default
A: No, the webmail spam filter cannot be switched off
A: If you believe an email from a legitimate sender has been incorrectly flagged as spam, you’ll need to mark the email as not spam. You can also move the email from your spam folder to your regular inbox. Your request will be actioned by the administrators of our spam filter. Follow the steps below:
If you’ve tried the steps above and the email is still being sent to your spam folder, the sender can request a review of their email by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org. . Your request will be escalated to the administrators of the Optus spam filter.
A: If you believe that an email you’ve sent has been incorrectly blocked, follow the steps below to have your email reviewed:
A: : If you’re unable to access your Optusnet email account, message us via the My Optus app. You can also call the team directly on 133937. We’ll investigate and confirm why your email account has been suspended. If your account has been comprised or has been identified as sending spam on the Optus network, we’ll need to send you a temporary password. We’ll then ask you to follow our steps for changing your email password.
A: If you have a Gmail or Hotmail account, you can add a POP3 account which you can use to send and receive emails from your Gmail or Hotmail account. In addition to the Optus spam filter, emails will also be filtered by spam filtering services offered by these providers.
Most internet security/antivirus software providers also offer spam filtering solutions which will offer an additional layer of protection.
Spam Filters aren’t fool proof. As the technology used to identify spam evolves, so do the methods used by spammers. We’re continuing to improve the security and overall Webmail experience for our customers.
If you have any other questions, or you have any feedback. You’re welcome to leave a comment in this thread 🙂
Can you confirm if moving email from the spam folder does or does not trigger a manual review by Administrators. The wording mostly seems to imply that only using not spam will trigger an administrator review, but its not 100% clear.
I have serious privacy concerns about admins reading the content of my email marked as not spam, and I would have expected automated systems to be used and not human. I've had power bills and superannuation emails caught by the spam filter.
And who knows what else I've missed because it was eaten by the spam filter without me even knowing because I am apparently expected regularly check the spam folder in webmail even though my primary access method is POP3.
How long is spam kept in the spam folder?
And lastly, both image you have are incorrect. The first is for the old zoo webmail interface, and the second is for report spam, not not spam.
I cannot activate the report spam button. It won't highlight the button and doesn't look like the menu bar you have shown
Here is mine
This is with a message in my inbox ticked.
Also, my wife's user account has suddenly had a 5-10 fold increase in spam in the last few weeks.
Can you help with both issues?
I cannot activate the report spam button. It won't highlight the button
You have to open the mail before the button can be clicked.
the button and doesn't look like the menu bar you have shown
Both images in the original post are incorrect.
HelloJawsjaws. My spam button was grated out but is now working?? Webmail spam filter does not achieve much, I get near zero spam emails on iPad.
Buttons on original post look different as they are showing what you see when you hover mouse.
Hi @jawsjaws, I'd generally recommend not opening Spam emails to avoid any unsolicited attachments from being opened. It is much safer to delete the unopened email and remove it from the trash folder.
Alternatively, you are able to report scam emails to aid in the filter's effectiveness. More info on this can viewed at Reporting hoaxes, phishing or scams.
Unfortunately, once someone has your email address, it is difficult to stop them from sending you emails. The Internet security: Spam, spyware & viruses guide will provide some good tips and tricks to follow.
Update: The images in the original post have been corrected, thank you YetAnotherAcc.