Am I being paranoid? (possible junk mail)

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  1. excalibur313 macrumors 6502a

    excalibur313

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    I got this letter from abuse@gov.us saying that they have this "huge list" of all the illegal websites I visited. I think it's junk mail but I was curious if anyone heard of this to put my mind at rest.
    Thanks,
    Stephen
     
  2. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    yeah, that's gotta be fake. I'd first note that the URL www.gov.us doesn't point anywhere, and that the government doesn't keep any such lists (that they'll admit to anyway). if they new you were on illegal websites (the only one's of which would probably be kiddie porn, everything else pretty much falls under free speech), they'd come in and bust you, not write you a nice little note letting you know about it.
     
  3. Colonel Panik macrumors regular

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    Well, somehow they would have to trace all your surfing, and then tie your IP address to an email account (by talking to your ISP). So it's fake.

    Secondly, the US government would send mail from a xxx.gov account, not gov.us. A look at whois.net tells us the following information:

    So you could give them a phone call and ask them WTF they're up to.


    Post the email without telling us your email. Make sure you post the headers ('raw source' or 'long headers' in Mail.app). Or you could visit an urban legends site to see if others have got the mail.
    Another thing to look at is to see if they've made spelling or grammar mistakes. That'll show it as a hoax for sure.

    Actually, I've just entered abuse@gov.us, and got a few hits - seems there's an attachment on the email, and it's a virus, of course. Just delete the mail and get on with life.
     
  4. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    Classic scam hoping you download a windows trojan or virus.

    To ease your mind, there is no such thing as an 'illegal website'. Yes, plenty do illegal activities, and the government tries to shut the sites down directly. As was mentioned, viewing, trading in illegal pron, drugs, or assassinations will get you 'noticed' by the feds, but they will just come by and chat, not send a friendly email.

     
  5. parrothead macrumors 6502a

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    It is definitely a scam. Anything that actually comes from a government email address would end with .gov NOT .us. I should know, I work for NOAA (a branch of the fed. gvt.)
     
  6. Jimong5 macrumors 6502

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    if your using mail, or just about anything, I would look at the full headers, it may shed some insight to the orgin of the message.
     
  7. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    What do you do with NOAA? I am a former NOAA Marine biologist (now in academics)

    I gather from your name and location you may be in the marine biological field as well.

     
  8. parrothead macrumors 6502a

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    I work for the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division as a Coral Reef Habitat Specialist. I am based in Honolulu at the PIFSC. About to head out on my first research cruise in September to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands! :)
     

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