I wonder if anyone else is seeing this behavior. I have one user who's getting consistent spam emails forwarded from an external account--that is, the spam is sent from the spammer (JC Penney, it looks like) to an account at charter.net, which in turn is forwarding the messages to my user. We've marked as "junk" nearly a dozen of these mostly-html images, with unsubscribe language and the works, and still the Bayes filter in the header is giving them a Bayes_50 score. There are almost no other headers in the spam filter. This leads me to suspect that Spamassassin doesn't look beyond the last message body, and completely ignores anything that's forwarded.

Does anyone know if this is true, and more importantly, what I can do about it? Bayes is accomplishing zilch in this situation. I know if all else fails I can just blacklist the sender, but I was hoping for a more systemic solution.

Here's a sample with only my user's email obfuscated:
Received: from localhost (localhost.localdomain [])
by mail.domain.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id C6D853D400F
for <user@domain.net>; Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:54:09 -0800 (PST)
X-Virus-Scanned: amavisd-new at
X-Spam-Flag: NO
X-Spam-Score: 0.274
X-Spam-Status: No, score=0.274 tagged_above=-10 required=4.8
tests=[BAYES_50=0.001, HTML_IMAGE_RATIO_04=0.172, HTML_MESSAGE=0.001,
Received: from mail.domain.net ([])
by localhost (mail.domain.net []) (amavisd-new, port 10024)
with ESMTP id EmO-c0V+KhOv for <user@domain.net>;
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:54:02 -0800 (PST)
Received: from mail.domain.net (localhost.localdomain [])
by mail.domain.net (Postfix) with ESMTP id A28853D400E
for <user@domain.net>; Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:54:02 -0800 (PST)
Received: from domain.com
by mail.domain.net with POP3 (fetchmail-6.3.2)
for <user@domain.net> (single-drop); Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:54:02 -0800 (PST)
Received: from mtao04.charter.net ([]) by domain.com for <user@domain.com>; Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:53:15 -0800
Received: from aarprv06.charter.net ([]) by mtao04.charter.net
(InterMail vM. 201-2186-121-20061213) with ESMTP
id <20071127045310.IZPW2230.mtao04.charter.net@aarprv 06.charter.net>
for <user@domain.com>; Mon, 26 Nov 2007 23:53:10 -0500
Received: from IBM1CFF8757EA5 ([]) by aarprv06.charter.net
with SMTP
id <20071127045308.DQIF14098.aarprv06.charter.net@IBM 1CFF8757EA5>
for <user@domain.com>; Mon, 26 Nov 2007 23:53:08 -0500
Message-ID: <001d01c830b1$62107710$0a00a8c0@IBM1CFF8757EA5>
From: "klanknan" <klanknan@charter.net>
To: "Nanci Wilborn" <user@domain.com>
Subject: Fw: We've Extended Our Offer for FREE Shipping
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2007 20:52:52 -0800
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We've Extended Our Offer for FREE Shipping
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Sent: Sunday, November 25, 2007 11:45 PM
Subject: We've Extended Our Offer for FREE Shipping

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