I have problem with lots of spam. My server setup is VPS with CentOS 6.5 and Dovecot+Postfix+Spamassassin.

Here is source of one of the messages:

Return-Path: <nancy_mitchell@tagbook.co.nz>
X-Spam-Checker-Version: SpamAssassin 3.3.1 (2010-03-16) on xxxxxx.xx
X-Spam-Status: No, score=-0.5 required=3.0 tests=HTML_MESSAGE,
    autolearn=ham version=3.3.1
Delivered-To: mail@xxxxxx.xx
Received: by mx.xxxxxx.xx (Postfix, from userid 5001)
    id 584194399E; Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:34:03 +0200 (CEST)
Received: from tagbook.co.nz (tagbook.co.nz [])
    by mx.xxxxxx.xx (Postfix) with ESMTP id 6089C43119
    for <mail@xxxxxx.xx>; Sun, 14 Sep 2014 04:33:59 +0200 (CEST)
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:33:56 +1200
From: "Nancy Mitchell" <nancy_mitchell@tagbook.co.nz>
Reply-To:"Nancy Mitchell" <nancy_mitchell@tagbook.co.nz>
Message-ID: <59a5f3f-c3c7f-b8@tagbook.co.nz>
To: mail@xxxxxx.xx
Subject: RE:  Lol adooya
X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html; charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

<h2><a href="http://www.dirtymath.co.kr/data/question/g0702/login.html?ZGpwQmRqcGxndixndw==">adooya</a></h2>
<div> The  artifact  was instantly forgotten-as I hoped, although  it  took

As you can see, this message only got spam score -0.5. Anybody got any idea, what to do with this? It's pretty annoying.

  • Do you use bulk detectors (razor/pyzor/dcc) as Aragon0 suggested? – AnFi Sep 14 '14 at 21:10

Turning off a few spamassassin tests

According to my SA configuration from the above tests only RP_MATCHES_RCVD yields negative score (ham indicator). RP_MATCHES_RCVD scores between -1.5 and -0.5 (local/network, with bayes/without bayes).

You may consider turning the test off as described in man Mail::SpamAssassin::Conf.


  • I did this, and it worked better. I combined it with solution from @Aragon0 and it works like a charm now. Thanks – FHR Sep 15 '14 at 14:10

Install DCC, Pyzor and Razor2. That improves detection significantly. If you still get spam, write some meta-rules (for example DCC + Blacklist = +2 score). I block more than 300 spams per week with an accuracy beyond 99% with that method.

  • Thank you, I installed Pyzor and Razor. The detection is much better now. – FHR Sep 15 '14 at 14:08

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