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scam/fraud

by hartlanders / April 5, 2005 10:46 PM PDT

I have been getting suspect email from different
sources some have headings with arabic name,and euro
lottery intl.saying you have won $1,000,000.00.sponsored by Bill Gates.i have scam blocker,spybot S&D,norton AV.my question is how do they find my email address?i also had several emails
from your free gifts,earthlink said is fraudulent.
Thanks for any help,Edward

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 5, 2005 11:01 PM PDT
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I'm unsure how this applies to discussions about Windows 95/98. I'd pick the Security forum since it's what they discuss there.

Bob

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by BrianM / April 6, 2005 12:47 AM PDT
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There are lots of different ways they could come up with your address but one way is when people use CC instead of BCC. If the said email had a web bug the bug automatically pings THEM when the email is opened and now they know it's a good email address. One way around this in the future is to use a program that lets you see your mail without downloading it, like MailWasher.
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,20000,00.asp

Beware of MailWasher that has com at the end of the address, look right under PCWorld for example, this site has been under construction for months but they want you to email them, simply another way to gather addresses.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=MailWasher&btnG=Google+Search

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May be Outlook - Mail Client is the culprit.
by Gatta / April 9, 2005 1:17 AM PDT
In reply to: scam/fraud

I am not 100% sure if my analysis is correct.
However, I think the chain of events can be
as follows:

1 You send a msg to uour friemd, who in
turn adds your e-mail address in his
Outlook Address Book.

2 Outlook keeps all the addresses in a sinle
file, with extension: WAB

3 Your friend's computer is invaded by Spyware,
and the Outlook Address Book file is
extracted from your compyter to the Pirate
computer

4 The Pirates of Nigeria, imports the addreses
to his own OutLook Address book and then
send you the junk mail


Brothers from the Odobo Tribe in Nigeria
can shed more lighy on this subjecy


Frankie

(sorry, Frankie did not have a a busy day
today, hence, this giberish)

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