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what does [bulk] mean in an email subject? [message #425978] Mon, 06 October 2008 17:27 Go to next message
Andy_760  is currently offline Andy_760
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I often receive emails with [bulk] in the subject line. What does this mean?
Re: what does [bulk] mean in an email subject? [message #426006] Mon, 06 October 2008 19:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
f.h.muffman  is currently offline f.h.muffman
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>> I often receive emails with [bulk] in the subject line. What does
>> this mean?
>>
>
> Sent to multiple recipients. Most likely Spam

It also means that you have some application installed, or your ISP does,
that marks the message a bulk message, or the message was sent with that
in the subject line in the first place, as Outlook does not add information
to the subject line.
Re: what does [bulk] mean in an email subject? [message #426059] Tue, 07 October 2008 00:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
outlookmvp  is currently offline outlookmvp
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either you or she (or the isp is) is running anti-spam software that adds
the tag to potential spam.

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"Andy_760" <Andy760@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> Thank you, Peter, however, this email was in response to one that I had
> sent
> - to my sister!
>
> "Peter Foldes" wrote:
>
>> Sent to multiple recipients. Most likely Spam
>>
>> --
>> Peter
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>> "Andy_760" <Andy_760@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> news:E8C3350F-7748-4306-81E9-FA2BEE291497@microsoft.com...
>> >I often receive emails with [bulk] in the subject line. What does this
>> >mean?
>>
Re: what does [bulk] mean in an email subject? [message #426106] Tue, 07 October 2008 07:36 Go to previous message
VanguardLH  is currently offline VanguardLH
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Andy_760 wrote:

> I often receive emails with [bulk] in the subject line. What does this mean?

Check the raw source of the e-mail in its headers to see if the
following header was used:

Precedence: bulk

That header is used to identify bulk e-mail. Outlook does not alter the
Subject line to add "[bulk]". You or your e-mail provider are using
anti-spam software that modifies the e-mail before it is delivered to
Outlook.

Have the sender send you another e-mail. Don't use Outlook. Instead
use the webmail interface to your e-mail account to look at that test
message. Is "[bulk]" in the Subject of that test message when it is
still on the mail host? If not, then retrieve it using Outlook. Did
that string show up in the copy displayed inside Outlook? If it wasn't
shown in the server-side copy of the mail but shows up in your local
copy inside of Outlook then you are the one running anti-spam software
that adds that string to the Subject header. If the string was already
in the Subject header when looking at it using the webmail interface
then your e-mail provider, the sender's mail server, or the sender added
it.
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