Really, really strange spam/phishing/junk emails

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Mike Teezie, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

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    Maybe I've been lucky, but I have never had a problem with spam/junk email.

    In the last few days, I've been getting anywhere from 2-8 emails a day, all from different urls. Here are some of them:

    cassiekplanea@666angel.com
    sparkskstaplea@achat-grenoble.com
    perryqfronta@acco.com
    bakerrwhena@actiongrafix.com

    All different email address, but the emails have the same uber-strange messages.

    "The GREAaT American Food Chain, Inc.

    Symbl: GAMN
    Pricwe: $1 (+32%)
    Goal Priice: 2.10 (280% gain)

    GAMN is has an incredible business model in a booming sector. Look
    around you. Everything is being standardized and franchised. GAMN
    is a company specializing in the development and expansion of proven
    independent restaurant concepts into multi-unit locations. Business has
    been booming!

    A huge publicity campaign is beginning and will be supported by some
    astounding press releases. It is imperative to get in before the first biig
    announcement. Readers, this is the one. Don't miss this chance!


    as temperatures dropped into the teens overnight.
    Not to be outdone by the men, Hannah Teter, right, won gold and Gretchen Bleiler won
    Shiite lawmakers decided by a one-vote margin to retain Ibrahim al-Jaafari as prime minister in Iraq's next government.
    A blistering report will say the administration delayed the evacuation of New Orleans by failing to act myselfly on reports of flooding"


    I don't know what to do about this. I don't go to porn sites, and I haven't started doing anything recently that I've never done before. This is super annoying, because every email sent to my business address gets forwarded to my Blackberry.

    I'm extremely clueless about how to deal with this type of thing, so any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. ravenvii macrumors 604

    ravenvii

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    I've been getting similar spam (on my Blackberry too, which pisses me off). Retardation to the max and beyond.

    **** you, spammers.
     
  3. Flowbee macrumors 68030

    Flowbee

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    Can you set up junk mail filtering on the Blackberry? Just set up a filter that moves any email which includes the word GAMN to the trash.
     
  4. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

    CorvusCamenarum

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    I've been getting a lot of them too, and Gmail hasn't been catching them of late. They always seem to be about little crap stocks that don't seem to go anywhere, like the beginnings of a pump and dump scheme.

    I just forward them off to spam@uce.gov and flag them as junk.
     
  5. Mike Teezie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

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    FIVE this morning when I woke up. All a similar body in the email, but five wildly different email addresses and subject lines.

    DIE spammers.
     
  6. Markleshark macrumors 603

    Markleshark

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    I get stupid ammounts of Spam. Gmail tends to catch it, but years of using forums and the such has caught up. For every 100 a day Gmail catches, i'll get 3/4/5 in my inbox. Just one of those things I guess.
     
  7. clayj macrumors 604

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    I get those stock spams all the time. Outlook's Junk Mail filter gets better and better at catching them each month, but I still have to manually delete a number of them every day.

    Does anyone else ever get spams that mention the names "Susan Darby" or "Michelle Hoffman"? I get these ALL THE TIME.
     
  8. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

    CorvusCamenarum

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    Those sound very familiar. Add to that:

    Celina Summers
    Morgan Davidson
    Sean Wiley
    Austin Ramos
    Murphy Flynt

    Edit: Why do they pick names that sound like porn stars?
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    Because they sound like porn stars.

    As for filtering out this stuff, it does become quite difficult. My work mail used to be inundated with all sorts of crap and I'd set up rules that essentially were based on letting people I knew in, vs. trying to stop mail from those I didn't know.

    Of course, sometimes it would flag something as junk that wasn't, but in general it worked pretty well. All of that depends, of course, on what you do for a living. I have a pretty set number (50 or so) of domains or users/groups I had to worry about including, so it wasn't too bad to set up the filters.

    As for the purpose of these, aside from sheer annoyance, I can't guess. There's always some amount of crap at the bottom (like you show) that make it even more obvious it's not a "real" e-mail.

    It's too bad you can't write rules that filter out nonsensical verbiage. On the other hand, then I wouldn't get any of my boss's mail...hmmm, maybe not a bad thing. ;)
     
  10. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I too have a spam mail problem. I have a Mail Filter set to catch most of it, but some still gets past. Wanadoo/Freeserve/Orange/whatever marks most spam with ***SPAM***, which gets most spam.
     
  11. adk macrumors 68000

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    i've been getting those exact same messages. SO ANNOYING!
     
  12. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I get like 1000 spam emails on my Gmail account every week:eek:

    Good thing Google has good spam filter:)
     
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  14. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Google's spam filter has been failing as of late. I got 14 spams in my inbox, and like 40 in my spam folder. I'm starting a blog about this. A person on another forum has started a spam poetry blog, in which he blogs every spam poem he gets.
     
  15. ghall macrumors 68040

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    I used to get emails about Vigara. What the hell is that? :confused:
     
  16. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    They're not all that strange, they're spams for so-called penny stocks in hopes that suckers will buy them and drive up the price and those in the know will sell off and make a profit before the price gets "corrected".

    Other than setting up spam filters, there's no much you can do.

    Just thank your lucky stars that's all you're getting.
     
  17. eMac4ever macrumors regular

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    I bet you guys can't beat this (click to make larger):

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    /me hopes your not asking what Vigara is...

    157? I get that in a day sometimes...
     
  19. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    I've been getting ones like the OP too, recently. Not that many though.

    Before I deleted it all, I had like 560 e-mails in my spam folder on g-mail.
     
  20. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Beaten. :rolleyes:

    In a period of two days. :mad:

    [​IMG]
     
  21. iSaint macrumors 603

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    What people actually buy into something sent to them via SPAM? :confused:

    I guess the same people who sell Amway and buy into pyramid schemes.

    My cable network is our internet provider. They do a pretty good job of filtering spam.
     
  22. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Do I Win?

    1 months' worth:

    [​IMG]

    I should note that ALL of the Inbox is junk too, just not caught by the spam filter.

    That's approximately 299 a day. :(
     
  23. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    That's a rhetorical question I guess.. but we all know the answer already.
     
  24. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Weird. I've NEVER had any spam before until about a month ago. Now I get these same ones like eight times a day. I also get a second, extremely disturbing set of spam that I can't post here. They would be extremely horrible if they weren't so comically written. It's like they put a bunch of monkeys in a room with a list of dirty words and let them type out emails.
     
  25. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    I'd assumed the idea of these emails was to be a lot more difficult for the filters to pick up. While they may make no sense to us, to the filters they look like perfectly sensible emails.

    That said, I've never seen one outside of the "Junk" box in my GMail.
     

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