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Offline Brynn

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Is receipt of spam ever an indication of spyware
« on: June 04, 2006, 08:36:41 AM »
Hi folks,
I know this is a strange question.....sometimes I think too much!

Recently when I checked my spam folder for legitimate mail, before deleting the spam, I noticed one of the kind of spam that's really junk mail, but it has the name of someone from your address book in the From field.  So it looks like it comes from someone you know, but it's really spam.  I was pretty sure by the subject line that it was spam, so I never opened it, and instead double-checked with that person.  Turns out, it definitely was spam, and it got me thinking about how the spammer could have gotten the name from my address book.

All my recent scans have come up clean.  I have not had even a tracking cookie for many months.  So I'm not really too worried that I might have some spyware.  But how does the spammer get the name from your address book?
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Re: Is receipt of spam ever an indication of spyware
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2006, 12:48:09 PM »
well i think the address could have come from their address book !!!

are you sure their system is totally clean???? ;-)

or the classic of people that get a joke and :cc it to all their friends and then their friends pass it around

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Re: Is receipt of spam ever an indication of spyware
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2006, 09:03:30 PM »
Brynn,

As described by mitch one of the primary causes is the use of the "c.c." field when copying e-mails to friends and colleagues, a practice that ensures that everyone sees the e-mail address of everybody else - fine if "everyone" can be trusted but fatal if the list falls into the hands of a spammer. The use of blind c.c. and personal mail lists helps in this situation. As for other methods, have a look at this page

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Re: Is receipt of spam ever an indication of spyware
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 03:21:25 PM »
Aaahh  :thumbsup:
I've preached myself to death, trying to get people to use the Blind CC!  I have 1 friend and 1 uncle who insist on sending the mass emails of usually garbage.  I've even asked them directly to stop -- not hinted, not passive-aggressive, but directly.  Frankly I'm rather insulted they refuse to stop....maybe if I block their address, they'll get the message.

But then, the person's name which was on the spam is not one of those who does that, and is not known by any of my other contacts.  So their name has never appeared in a mass, junk mailing to me.

Well, I guess it doesn't matter where the spammer got the name, as long as it doesn't mean I have spyware hiding somewhere.  Thanks guys :D
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Re: Is receipt of spam ever an indication of spyware
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2006, 04:18:00 PM »
mailwasher free has one great feature !!!
after the 4 th time of asking someone to BCC and don't just forward to all, well i use mailwasher's "bounce" feature

it will send the e-mail back , BUT it looks like it was returend as no address ;-))))

plan B

most isp's will allow you more than one e-mail address

use one to give out to people


then if they can be trusted you give them your GOOD ONE ;-)

NOTE:
i use a program called "Kshowmail" on linux, but there are several free mail preview,announce,notify programs

you set your e-mail program to check mail on startup and disable the "check every XXX min" feature


then you set up the mail notify program to "check mail every XX min"

so now when mail comes in you can sort it out, keep, "delete from server", or usually  "preview in text"

so you are saftly opening the mail to see if any crap is on it ;-)
after you have gone through the mail you can have it start the e-mail program and you will be reading only good safe mail !!!

(note again: mailwasher has the preview feature and start e-mail feature)

(note again) if you are on a dialup and size does matter, they show you the size of the e-mail so people that send me a 1 meg mail with the latest pics of their grand kids i can sel the bounce feature ;-)

and now you know how i do my mail the easy way ;-)