How to Block Emails From the Future Using SpamAssassin In cPanel

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Getting emails from the future is a classic sign of SPAM. Unfortunately, SpamAssassin only bumps the score of these emails by less than 2 points, which isn’t usually enough to get it marked as SPAM.

To fix this, you can add a rule to SpamAssassin to block emails from the future.

First, open /etc/mail/spamassassin/ in a text editor, then append the following lines:

header FROM_THE_FUTURE Date =~ /20[3-9]\d-[0-1]\d-[0-3]\d [0-2]\d:[0-5]\d:[0-5]\d [A-Za-z]+/i
score FROM_THE_FUTURE 20.0
describe FROM_THE_FUTURE Email from the future

Save the file, then restart SpamAssassin:


This should score emails from the future with a value of 20, automatically marking them as SPAM.

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