It seems like every other day i get an email from some bloke called Rick that goes something like this:

We are one of the best digital images retouching/editing professionals located in China. We provide all kinds of image editing solutions to different companies all over the world.

We provide best quality service in best price.

Our image editing services are: –

 . Cut out/masking, clipping path, deep etching, transparent background  . Dust cleaning, spot cleaning  . Colour correction, black and white, light and shadows etc.

 . Beauty retouching, skin retouching, face retouching, body retouching  . Fashion/Beauty Image Retouching  . Product image Retouching  . Jewellery image Retouching  . Real estate image Retouching  . Portrait image Retouching  . Restoration and repair old images  . Wedding & Event Album Design.

 . Vector Conversion

You can try us by sending a sample image for free test to judge our quality work.

We are waiting for your reply.

Thanks & Regards,


Rondruanin Imaging Professionals

It seems like i am not alone; the forums are full of photographers who are slightly vexed with Rick’s spamming.  It’s not easy to block Rick, as he changes his email address and domain frequently.  It’s no good hitting the UNSUBSCRIBE email link (which changes regularly) as is a “disposable” email service provider that does not have anything to do with the contact email (currently that also changes regularly. It’s interesting to note that is company name also changes as often as the weather. Why on earth would anyone want to use this company for their retouching work???

I did a little googling and this fella seems to know what he is talking about.  His solution is the block Rick by using the encoding string in the email headers.  Howerever, I’m a little lacking in the skills department to fully understand how to execute this solution, and so i am using a slightly easier method by setting up a rule on Microsoft Outlook.

I’m using Microsoft Office 2013, so things may be different for users of other editions, but it’s easy to set up a rule to block Rick as he always has ‘Photo Cut Out’ in the title of his emails. I set up a rule to move any email with ‘Photo Cut Out’ in the title to the junk folder and ‘Rick’ in the subject or body, unless it is actually addressed only to me, or has my name in the to box.  When i’m happy this is working well, i’ll change the rule to ‘delete it’ (first screen shot) so I don’t ever have to see it again.





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2 Responses to SPAM: Rick and his Photo Retouching Services – Photo Cut Out- Photo Editing

  1. Tra Fox says:

    Thanks, this solution worked perfectly for Win 8/Outlook 2013.

  2. Dan says:

    FWIW, I’ve been using the Outlook filter to get rid of this SPAM since it first showed up. However, I choose to “move it to the Deleted Items folder and delete it” There is no danger here of wanting to see any message with “Photo Retouching Services” in the subject. I do not reference the sender name at all, as he changes his name as well as address.

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