Dr Nic

[Wish] Spam filter by Language

Does anyone know to whom I address and send this letter?

Dear Gmail,

Thank you for Gmail. I love it and would hug it if it were a teddy bear and no one was looking.

Recently, some Asian-origin spammers have included me in their lists. A while back, it was some Russian spammers, or thereabouts.

If the contents of my emails don’t fit into the basic English ASCII set of characters, plus some of those European characters with the cute accents on the tops, then the email probably isn’t one I can read, thus spam or not, I’m just not that interested.

I doubt I’m alone in my mono-linguistic capabilities either.

Either help me filter out foreign language spam, or let me translate it and then with confidence I can say “No I don’t want a chinese nor russian penis enlarger, but thanks for asking”.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Nic

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9 Responses to “[Wish] Spam filter by Language”

  1. Bart Braem says:

    Very good point, I am interested in the results…

  2. Dr Nic says:

    @rick – thx. Submitted.

  3. Sasa Ebach says:

    Hi Dr. Nic,

    I am bombarded by these mails too. They all have in common that they have lots and lots of non-latin1 characters. Since I use a local mail filter I was wondering how a regular expression to catch these would look like. Basically


    if a non latin1 character appears more than ten times flag as spam. Maybe you or your reader have an idea as to how such a beast would look like.

  4. grinaldo says:

    Filter out 98% of all Russian spam in Gmail with this filter:

    Has the words: в OR и

  5. alexandre van de sande says:

    grinaldo thanks a lot! I ccame here from google searching for that solution!

  6. Dr Nic says:

    @grinaldo – yep, works well for me too

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  8. George says:

    I’ve never received Russian spams containing в OR и. But I do receive lots of spams in russian. What do I do?