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Weird spammy emails
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 24, 2016 08:59PM
In the past couple of days, I've gotten 3 emails that look odd. Two of them appear to come from people I know, and one from someone I don't. All 3 appear to come from Yahoo addresses.

In the body of the email, I'll see something like this:



If I do a "show raw message" in Fastmail, I saw this at the end of a message.

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stinginess And those thoughts of fear greed stinginess

Obviously spam, but how are they spoofing someone I know?

I have not clicked on any of the links, just hovered above them, and they come from some website I don't know.

I am so sick of cyber criminals; they've made email untrustworthy.
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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: April 24, 2016 09:14PM
Someone had your email in the same place as the others. Someone got that list and sent spoof messages.

People don't realize how easy it is to harvest someone's entire address book to make spamming and spear-phishing a piece of cake. Every 2nd Windows virus grabs people's contacts list. Every Android app can steal your contacts and an estimated 35% of them do. And then there are the idiots who publish email addresses on social media and forward messages with a huge CC list appended.

You think it's strange that you're getting these messages? It's stranger that you don't get this kind of spam more often.



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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 24, 2016 09:27PM
People with yahoo email a commonly spoofed and the spam is sent to their address book. I had a round of it from friends and some suspected they were spoofed after using their computer in airports.
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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: freeradical
Date: April 24, 2016 09:30PM
Should I contact the people I know about this?
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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 24, 2016 09:40PM
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freeradical
Should I contact the people I know about this?

It wouldn't hurt, though they likely have been contacted by other people. I think they need to change their password but I don't know for sure if that will fix it.
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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: max
Date: April 25, 2016 01:32AM
I get a lot of these, some more insidious than others.
Many contain .docs files, PDFs, others links to documents, invoices, purchase orders, etc "that have failed to make it".
It is the new normal...



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2016 01:33AM by max.
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Re: Weird spammy emails
Posted by: hal
Date: April 25, 2016 04:19PM
Every single person I know with a yahoo email address has had this happen to them
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