Nick Jordan

Effortlessly uncool.

Empty Spam

I’ve been getting a lot of spam with completely empty message bodies lately, which my spam filter wasn’t picking up on. Irritatingly, I found that I couldn’t get it to recognise messages with no content so I’ve set it up to reject emails that don’t contain any vowels, which seems to be working nicely.


  1. Damian Thursday, 15th September, 2005, 4:28 pm

    wll thts ll wll nd gd bt slly bggrs lk m r stffd!

  2. Jan Bosmans Friday, 6th January, 2006, 1:26 pm

    I have been experiencing the same problem since a couple of weeks: empty mails, no subject, always coming from a different fake mailing address. Your idea is brillant! But how does one configure a spam filter not to accept messages without vowels?

    Kind regards.


  3. Nick Saturday, 7th January, 2006, 11:35 am

    Jan: That really depends on your system. Essentially, you want to set up a mail filter that sends all emails that don’t contain ‘a’, ‘e’, ‘i’, ‘o’ or ‘u’ (case insensitive) to your spam folder.

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