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Saintsman
10th Sep 2016, 18:37
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No links, no attachment, just the random words.

What's the point?

They could have a least promised me several millions.

419
10th Sep 2016, 18:50
Could there originally have been an attachment and this was removed by your ISP?

Pontius Navigator
10th Sep 2016, 18:55
The word I have seen used is Spamdrel I think, its purpose is to push the payload below the spam filters that might examine the first 20 lines. They may also be sufficiently intriguing to get you to open them.

radarman
10th Sep 2016, 21:19
Got one a short time ago. Funny that we have all received these within the space of a few hours. Mine was very poetic and sad, but wasn't addressed to me. As you said - no links; no attachments; nothing obviously suspicious. Good reason therefore to totally delete it. Interesting to see if anyone can work out what it is all about.

Pontius Navigator
10th Sep 2016, 21:48
They go in cycles. A few months ago the clip was CNN, it was relevant for a day or so but pushed for weeks. Then messages where the title or from had _________ in it of varying lengths; they have stopped.

denachtenmai
10th Sep 2016, 22:49
Got one today addressed to a "Lavette Dargenio" headed "h charity, in" and from "Sylvester Spangle ([email protected]) it reads-

Lt identical with one found on the summit of Mount Washington. During the latter part of our duress here we were driven below by raw, incessant rain, and the confinement became irksome. At length, during the day and night of July 14th, the ice finally made off with itself, and the next morning the schooner followed suit. The ice, however, had not done with us. It lingered near the land, while farther out it was seen in solid mass, making

So how did it get to my email account?:ooh:

Pontius Navigator
11th Sep 2016, 10:10
These are easy enough to auto delete but the really b^ggers are the ones to ME from ME

VP959
11th Sep 2016, 10:23
I get around 15 to 20 of these every day, almost without fail. Around 10% of them appear to come from a made-up email address on my own domain, which is annoying in terms of trying to filter them out.

It's nothing new, as far as I'm aware. The nonsense messages seem to have been arriving, with no payload, for at least the last couple of years.

I did trace three acquaintances whose PCs had been infected/hacked, after getting multiple spam emails like this appearing to come from them. In all three cases those people found malware on their PCs that had probably stolen their email address book as a way of getting viable email addresses to sell on to spammers.

Once your email address is out there, either from someone you've emailed whose machine has been got at, or from any online purchase where the web store has been hacked (or has sold your data on) then there's not much you can do about it, other than change your email address. Even that's only temporary, as it doesn't take long now for any email address to be acquired by the spammers.

At a guess, only around 10% of the spam I get each day has an active payload still attached, in the form of a malicious attachment. These almost always are of the form "please find attached your latest expenses for approval", or "please find attached a purchase order that needs your urgent attention" where clearly the attachment is a malicious bit of software.

I have been using Mailwasher for years to sift this stuff out, as it allows you to quickly just delete stuff on your mailserver without ever downloading it to your machine. It's a nuisance, and wastes a few minutes every day, but AFAICS this is a problem that's just getting bigger and bigger, as the spammers get more organised and persistent.

Pontius Navigator
11th Sep 2016, 22:31
VP, agree, I use MW too and much is immediately deleted from the server when I see the filter.

Lots of junk is directly related to internet searches as well.

megan
12th Sep 2016, 06:38
I have been using Mailwasher for years to sift this stuff out, as it allows you to quickly just delete stuff on your mailserver without ever downloading it to your machine. It's a nuisance, and wastes a few minutes every dayI always check what's there via webmail and delete the unwanted prior to downloading. As you say a nuisance.

Pontius Navigator
12th Sep 2016, 09:29
As I say, MW does the filter automatically, Ladbrookes, casino, Russian ladies, ppi all disappear without being seen.

llondel
13th Sep 2016, 05:42
These are easy enough to auto delete but the really b^ggers are the ones to ME from ME

Why do you send yourself spam? Wouldn't it have more effect if you sent it to other people?

megan
13th Sep 2016, 07:12
As I say, MW does the filter automaticallyI don't want to miss the one saying I've won the lottery PN (not the Nigerian one).

ExXB
13th Sep 2016, 18:43
Ah, unless you block the download of images a very small image, of a pixel or two, can be well hidden and primed to send a response when it is opened. "hello mum, there's somebody here ..."

I've found blocking images speeds up mail downloads and rarely deprives the message of useful content. Clicking on the download images thingy at the end of the message sets things to right.