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Strange emails...

Postby ar1stotle » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:02 am

OK, I don't really think its a security threat, but I've been getting these emails that make no sense.

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Is anyone else getting these? They all have some picture in them that says "Investors, watch it now" and something about some SBNS company.... they are ridiculously annoying and they are all from different email addresses and I can't figure out how to filter them as spam... ugh!
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Postby colsaunders2 » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:07 am

I have been finding a lot of these in my Gmail spam folder ... props to Google for filtering them. Some include an attachment, supposedly a ".gif", but I suspect this is an virus/exploit.

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Postby augie » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:42 am

They are written this way to confuse e-mail filters, I believe. Ya, I get a lot them also and strangely enough at my ISP's mailbox, I guess they want me to subscribe to their McAfee based SW, ya right. :roleeyes The current free e-mail like Google, Yahoo and Hotmail seem to catch them pretty well.
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Postby McBlzr » Mon Oct 30, 2006 4:48 am

I get them in my Bulk email at my Yahoo email address. I have looked at a few, but I don't click on anything. I just delete them all.
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Postby Curtybob » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:34 am

Yeah, been getting these for a few months. I won't try to get anyone to click on any attachments, but the .gif's are the exact same thing that are in the body of the email. It's the text with the stock symbols and color tags and so forth...
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Postby augie » Mon Oct 30, 2006 5:57 am

Those are exactly the ones Curtybob.
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Postby Curtybob » Mon Oct 30, 2006 6:40 am

Yeah, I gotta click on everything. I'm either really brave or really.... uh nevermind. But yeah... those attachments are only the text that you see in the body of the email, not a virus or anything. I hope. :lol:
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Postby Absolute-Zero » Mon Oct 30, 2006 9:17 am

Yeah, there should be no dangerous attachments with these type of emails. If there is an attachment, it'll be the .gif image containing the true content of the email that the spammer wants you to see.

As Augie says, the random junk text is put in to confuse SPAM filters because it doesn't contain anything that the filter would consider as 'objectionable.' The images are usually embedded into the email so you can see then when you open the message, rather than as an attachment. Some mail servers, however, convert embedded images into attachments automatically.

This particular message is what's known as a "Pump & Dump" scam. Basically, the spammer sends out a message containing stock information about a little known company in which he/she's recently acquired some shares. When enough people are conned by the message, the market value of the shares starts to rise and the spammer can sell at a profit.
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Postby toxic chicken » Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:49 pm

i get emails like that, but instead of just random words most of them appear to be random words relating to porn. gmail's spam filter catches all of them.
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Postby xxsonyboy4lfexx » Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:28 pm

OMG! I think I am getting the same thing! And some of the text is an image. We all get these messages, I wonder what we have in common....
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