A lot of spam? Check for X-Spam-Status.

The last couple of months I received a lot of spam on my e-mail address which I am using for my soccer club. When I contacted my provider they told me that they do check for spam and that they put the results of this in the email header. In the email header you can find something like this:

X-Spam-Status: No, score=0.001 required=5
In case of spam:
X-Spam-Status: Yes, score=16.401 required=5

If the score is above 5, the X-Spam-Status flag is set to Yes. In your email application like Microsoft Outlook you can create a rule to check for this status and remove (or move) those emails.


Lets see how we can do this:

  1. Open Outlook
  2. Go to Tools, Rules and Alerts
  3. New Rule…
  4. Start from a blank rule
  5. Check messages after they arrive
  6. Check With specific words in the message header
  7. Click on specific words and enter “X-Spam-Status: Yes” (without qoutes)
  8. Press Add, OK and Next
  9. Choose what you want to do with the message(s). E.g. delete it
  10. Press OK and Finish

How can you see the mail headers?

Go to your mail box, select an email, right click and select Options. On the bottom of the popup you’ll see the headers.

Note: I used in this case Microsoft Outlook 2003. This won’t work in Microsoft Mail!

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