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#1 I have a computer...

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 12:10 AM

Hello,

I've been receiving strange spam emails under the name of someone that I know but is always registered with some different, uncommon email client everytime.

The email body contains only one strange link which is normally only flagged by one website scanner (out of about 5 that I use) as malicious.

The same email is also sent to many people that I know would be on their contact list.

 

Have you heard of this kind of spam before? What is it? Does this person have some malware on their computer doing this or are they doing this themselves?

 

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 11:56 AM

Sounds like a classic e-mail address spoofing message. 

 

Delete it and move along with life.  I don't even bother letting the purported source know because there is nothing they did to cause it nor anything they can do to stop it.


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Posted 08 June 2017 - 03:53 AM

So what causes this to happen? Is it someone doing this against this other person, or doing it against me?



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Posted 08 June 2017 - 08:43 AM

The list of ways that scammers can obtain e-mail addresses for the purposes of spoofing are myriad.  Do a web search on e-mail spoofing and there are plenty of discussions of the various mechanisms used.

 

There is nothing "personal" about it.  It's yet another way to use ill-gotten information to try to produce ill-gotten gains.

 

Like I said, delete the message and move along with life.


Edited by britechguy, 08 June 2017 - 08:44 AM.

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Posted 12 June 2017 - 04:42 AM

But how does this scammer know this persons family and friends email addresses to be able to send spam to them pretending to be someone that they know?

Where do they get this info from if there was "nothing they did to cause it nor anything they can do to stop it.".


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 09:17 AM

What is email spoofing?

 

What is Phishing?


Edited by britechguy, 12 June 2017 - 09:19 AM.

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