Is a person using a email address a scammer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by crazypeter, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. crazypeter, Oct 24, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2014

    crazypeter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2008
    I met x online, gave her my mac email address and she sent me an email that appeared in my inbox as:-

    x y z <>

    x, y and z being her names.

    I have never heard of the email address so googled it without much luck, except that it is an address used by "419 advance fee fraud" scammers. I also found this:-

    Additionally, when I look at the email "details", apart from the "Return-Path:" in the 1st line, her email address is not included, just mine. When I look at other emails that I have received from genuine people and firms, the "details" include:-

    Original-Recipient: my email address
    Received-Spf: text including senders email address

    These lines are consecutive.

    The email from xyz only includes:-

    Original-Recipient: my email address

    There were no visible links in the email.

    Can anyone advise me on the validity of the email address and if she is likely to be a scammer?


    Strangely, I have just received another email from her that went into my iCloud junk folder, that had just a link to her email address, the "details" of that email include:-

    Original-Recipient: my email address
    Received-Spf: text including her email address

  2. joshlalonde macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2014
    Well, first of all.. If you have suspicions that someone isn't legit, never share personal details with them. Your bank or whatever would never ask for details over e-mail. So it's probably a scam.

    This really doesn't make sense though. I have no clue what you're talking about..

    Just block her and then contact whatever organization you're trying to cooperate with.
  3. macenied macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2014
    First, everyone can own an unregistered domain by registering it for apprx. 10$ / year. So nothing wrong with any domain name.

    Second, if people have nothing to hide, why should they use domains like "cheerful" ? There are plenty of free alternatives around. Take care.
  4. subsonix macrumors 68040

    Feb 2, 2008
    You can pick from among a bunch of different mail addresses. You can see the options if you go there and pick Email -> sign up. I think it would be hard to discern if someone is a scammer or not from the email address alone.
  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You probably can't even tell if the email originated from someone with an address...the sender address could be spoofed.
  6. crazypeter, Nov 21, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2014

    crazypeter thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Thanks guys.

    Thanks, that is precisely what I thought, so I have not replied to her. I presumed that she probably had something underhand in mind because if she wanted to be be relatively anonymous she could use Yahoo etc.

    Interestingly, I received what I assume is a phishing email to another of my addresses that was from and to paydesk1 at outlook dot com, did not mention my email address and had no other information in the email "details"!!!

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