...have such gobbledegook 'senders' and 'subjects'? I've often wondered. Consider the following example, which I've just deleted from my 'bulk' folder (along with about a dozen similar): Sender: "Ilpo gavitt" Subject: "tiezmuar" Surely that's a dead give-away, even if it gets past the spam filter. If they had a serious intent to penetrate your defences you'd have thought they'd dream up plausible names. Messages you'd be likely to open. Or are these fake 'spam's generated by the ISP itself in order to test its own defences?