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#51021 - 04/18/05 09:41 PM Don't fall for this!!  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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First time I saw this one.
Don't fall for it!
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Subject: I've_got your EMail on my_account!

Hello,
First, Very Sorry for my bad English.

Someone is sending your private e-mails on my address.
It's probably an e-mail provider error!
At time, I've got over 10 mails on my account, but the recipient are you.

I have copied all the mail text in the windows text-editor for you & zipped then.
Make sure, that this mails don't come in my mail-box again.

bye
Forgot to explain that there is a file that comes attached to this email.

[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 04-18-2005).]


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#51022 - 04/19/05 07:50 PM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
Tom  Offline
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I recieved one of those e-mails today myself. i wonder if this bozo is trolling the electrical boards for addresses.

I did the usual with e-mail that has such an obvious come on- trashed it.

Tom


Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

#51023 - 04/19/05 11:49 PM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
pdh  Offline
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Lots of spammers are trolling lots of web sites using spider engines similar to what search engines like Google use, to find every email address they can. These spammers then trade their gatherings amongst themselves. If you have a million fresh emails, you can trade them off to get another million in exchange, often from many other spammers, and end up with tens of millions as a result.

Then those who actually send the spam try to come up with any and all clever subject or message to get you to act. They might try to get you to open or run an attachment, or access a web site. Sometimes it is as benign as knowing your address works and they can sell it for more money. Or it may be to infect your computer with spyware to pop up ads on you all the time, or turn your computer into a spamming zombie, or collect your private info like credit card numbers and banking access passwords.

Absolutely do no open any such email. It's dangerous enough opening mail even from friends because their computer could be infected, sending the same infecting agent to you because it uses all the email addresses in their address book to send to.


#51024 - 04/20/05 08:32 AM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
pauluk  Offline
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I got a copy of this exact scam yesterday.

It went straight in the trash along with all the others asking me to verify my PayPal and eBay accounts (which I have) and accounts at various other banks (with whom I have never dealt).


#51025 - 04/20/05 10:14 AM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
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So far, thank heaven, my e-mail woes have been limited to getting dozens of spam daily- just after I tried to get my "free copy of the NEC" from a Japanese site that posted the NEC. (I bailed from the ordering process when they wanted me to sign up for two subscription services).


#51026 - 04/20/05 12:23 PM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
JFLS41  Offline
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Its a free program online that you can check off the spam emails and send back to them with the same message that shows your email account is invalid.


#51027 - 04/20/05 12:24 PM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
JFLS41  Offline
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It's called MAILWASHER Free version of it. I use it with my ISP Email Account


#51028 - 04/20/05 10:30 PM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
pdh  Offline
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JFLS41:

How does that MAILWASHER send stuff back? If your ISP's mail server has already accepted the spam, then you pretty much can't send it back. 90% of spam these days comes with a return address randomly chosen from the spammer's mailing list, so sending anything back to the return address means you're just sending spam to someone who isn't the spammer. How would you feel if people sent email "back" to you when a spammer happens to pick your email address for the return on spam that is going to someone who happens to be running that program?

FYI, I am active in a couple major anti-spam working groups. This kind of thing has been discussed for years, and the concensus switched about 4-5 years ago to not sending anything back after the original delivery connection is closed (which is in the past once you are picking your mail up from your mailbox at your ISP). More recently, I've been seeing cases of accounts being suspended because of these send-backs that are misdirected.

Now I don't know exactly how MAILWASHER really works because I don't use it. I'm only speculating. But to avoid some of the dangers, it is important to find out these details.

renosteinke:

That's a prime example of why I use a different email address for every place I sign up. if it turns out one is really releasing addresses for spamming, I can just that one off. Of course not everyone has the ability to do this even if they get a dozen free email addresses from their ISP (shutting one off is often a big hassle). By owning my own domain and running my own mail servers, I do have that ability. A few ISPs do offer that level of service to their customers, and even without having to own a domain (though that does help a lot).


#51029 - 04/21/05 05:28 AM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
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A neighbor who is a genius with cyberspace (writes programs for a govt. agency) gets the real address and bounces the spam with a virus imbedded. Has never got spam from the same source twice. I like his approach.
Sam


#51030 - 04/21/05 07:42 AM Re: Don't fall for this!!  
JFLS41  Offline
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