Query about spam....

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  1. idea_hamster macrumors 65816

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    OK, so spam e-mail seems to be a fact of life. "Lower your payments!" "Meet girls!" "Grow a bigger...head of hair!"

    But when I get spam like the one in the attached image, I'm a bit stumped. Nothing for sale. No like to follow. No ads, no porn, no pills. Nothing I even want. :confused: (And, since there's little rhyme or reason, Mail.app's filter doesn't really catch them.)

    Anyone have any insight? I mean, it's not a topic that I'd bother to post about if I weren't totally confused.
     

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  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    Maybe they want people to reply to them, so that they know they have 'active' emails and then they will sell them or just spam you :confused:

    That was just a far out guess, I actually have no idea.
     
  3. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    I think that someone may have been given her the wrong email address or she made a typo. It doesn't look like spam to me. If you get anymore though, it may be spam.

    That's why I said not to reply back. If my first guess is not correct, then it is probably someone searching for people to spam.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I've always wondered that too...you get some retarded e-mail with a title like FR33 C1AL(S ENL4G3 UR P3N15!!!!! ... that don't even have a website or an address or a phone number or whatever.... I've never understood that.
     
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    I always assumed it was either fishing for an address or a broken spam client.

    There is also the possibility that its a lonely hearts scam. Highly unlikely though.
     
  6. idea_hamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I thought at first, but I've gotten about a dozen of these over the past few days.

    Completely mystifying. Even the "testing live e-mail addresses by looking for replies" theory is a little odd. Since the soure addresses are all different, is someone out there monitoring all these people's incoming e-mail to see about this? That's a lot of work.

    :confused:

    Additionally, I can now report that the reply-to address doesn't work (although it looks rather legitimate) and the e-mail cannot be "bounced." Hmmm.
     
  7. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Definitely sounds like a broken spam client.

    (Are their trojans that take commands from email or do they just use IRC?)
     
  8. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I'm sure they could have some automated program so that everytime they receive an email, that address gets added to some database.
     
  9. idea_hamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Probably. It's still not clear to me who gets paid here....
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    In that situation, the spammer gets paid when he sells his list of known valid addresses to someone else. (But seeing as your e-mail didn't have a valid reply-to, there's really no way of them figuring this out. It has to be a borked spam engine.)
     
  11. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    It's enough that they can count who was bounced back by the mailserver and who was not. They don't need a reply.
     
  12. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    I think last month's edition of MacWorld had an article on how to make spam email bounce back to the original sender in a way that looked like your email address wasn't valid. It involved some terminal stuff, so I didn't mess with it, but some people may want to check it out.

    EDIT: Found it on the MacWorld website... not terminal stuff, you just have to download an applescript. The steps are in the article. http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/mac911/2006/01/creepbounce/index.php
     
  13. idea_hamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Pretty cool, but not so good for spam. I did try to bounce the mystery spam and it came back as undeliverable.
     
  14. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    I dunno, she sounds like she has the hots for you...:D .

    I say go for it ;) .
     
  15. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    You sure you followed the steps exactly? MacWorld isn't very likely to publish something that doesn't work. I haven't tried it myself so I can't say for sure. Its possible, but not likely.
     
  16. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    Please don't bounce back to spammers.

    Spammers' from and reply to addresses usually are other stolen email adresses. Once or twice a month I get hit with a bounce back like that. Once I got flooded with automated bounce backs from a domain with a non-functioning postmaster. I had words with their provider...
     

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