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imposter email

it might have happened before but this is the first time someone had told me about it. i know spam companies are using real email addresses that don’t belong to them to send spams. someone got an email from my old email address with the following message:

subject: hi
message: Try this, or nothing!
attachment: document05.zip


X-Rocket-Spam: 217.44.14.205
X-YahooFilteredBulk: 217.44.14.205
X-Rocket-Track: 10: 20 ; IPCR=n-w0,n100,g0 ; IP=217.44.14.205 ;
SERVER=216.155.197.128
X-Originating-IP: [217.44.14.205]
Return-Path:
Received: from 217.44.14.205 (EHLO yahoo.com) (217.44.14.205)
by mta106.mail.re2.yahoo.com with SMTP; Wed, 07 Jul 2004 03:56:46 -0700
From:
To:
Subject: hi
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 11:56:59 +0100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
boundary=”—-=_NextPart_000_0016—-=_NextPart_000_0016″
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

Try this, or nothing!

name=”document05.zip”

the real sender’s ip is 217.44.14.205 which traces to
BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC (BTCENTRALPLUS-DOM)
81 NEWGATE STREET
LONDON, GREATER LONDON EC1A 7AJ
GB

it seems yahoo knows it’s a spam too in the header. but the person who got the email, her email client apparently didn’t block it. with so many places now you can send emails online with email addresses that don’t belong to you; impostering a person can never be easier. didn’t many companies have troubles with imposters sending out emails to their clients to ask for their passwords?! a lot of sites now warn their members that they will never ask for their passwords by email.

the lesson is, don’t ever trust a email sent to you until you verify the sender’s ip!

10 thoughts on “imposter email

  1. Ooh.. I thought those were viruses that spoofed people’s email address. A person at the company could have contracted the virus, and is not spreading it through his/her email program. We’ve had a lot of those… message.zip, document.zip.. blah.

    1. yea i think i heard about that too. but similiar acts can be done by a human since there are many ways you can use another person’s email nowadays.

    2. btw, can you find more info on that virus? i thought you have to send mails using that account to have this happening to you. i’ve never used my yahoo account to send mails in years. i wonder how this could happen to me.

  2. thats too insane. some people just need to learn to grow up and not act like little kids who get their jollies from sending stupid emails.

  3. I don’t trust e-mails that quickly, especially when there’s an attachement involved. A month ago i got a very convincing e-mail from Ebay, telling me that i had to confirm my account. But the link didn’t lead to Ebay. I forwarded it to Ebay and they told me immediately that it was a spoof. It looked so convincing! They fooled me (O_o), so i’m being extra carefull now.

  4. I get at least 10 of those emails a day. I’ve even gotten emails to my bubblessoc.net mail accounts from my aol account! I always just ignore them.

  5. I hate getting those emails where they tell you to open the file because it’s important or something. I just block them and now they’re usually sent to my junk folder.

  6. I get those every once and a while.. They just have a random email and then says in the subject: IMPORTANT!! .. and then it says to download a file.. I just ignore them and delete them..

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