Email Harvesting By Spammers? Or Viruses?


March 11, 2004, 07:02 PM
Interesting, after cleaning out my personal and shop emails of thousands of daily spams tarting to relax with a hunk of KFC, the old "you got mail" alarm goes off and there is some email there with a web site address for a realtor, no other message,hey rock on its got a PHONE NUMBER too, great, victims revenge!!! So call the number and chew out the alleged spammer, who chews me out, and profanities are used and legal threats hurled....

And when the smoke clears...its another member here! We've never had contact before, hes has never sent an email beofre and he never sent the one in question.....Our sole contact is some posts on the same thread...Now our shop email addy is all over this site, his really isnt, but neverthless, something or someone generated a blank email with his info (his signature) and sent it to us..

Ive passed the headers on to him for submission to his ISP..I run an antivirus on my puter and he has done the same...he is also getting the same random letter spams that bypass his filter...the question is is whether something or someone is using this site for harvesting or whatever...


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March 12, 2004, 10:35 PM

They tend to forge from: addresses.

April 3, 2004, 09:32 AM
also check your comp. for spyware.... i have picked up a nasty set i can't get rid off... seems suppressed now but is lurking in my registry.
any free spyware cleaners? ain't got a pot to pee in right now

Chris Rhines
April 3, 2004, 12:06 PM
Did somebody say, "free spyware cleaners?" - Spybot S-D, I've had good luck with this one. Don't try to update it over a dial-up connection. - Spysweeper. The full version is thirty bucks, but the free trial works well.

- Chris

April 18, 2004, 12:20 AM
I really like Ad-Aware. (

To date I;ve had great luck with it.


April 18, 2004, 10:08 AM
For the paranoid who wish to run both Ad-Aware and Spybot Search & Destroy, be aware that one will mistakenly detect the other as spyware because of it's behavior. (I forget which one detects the other just now ...)

April 19, 2004, 02:11 AM
Ad-Aware detects Spybot as malicious.

April 22, 2004, 12:32 PM
Wild I too have a serious problem with SPAM . I have now had the same email address for the last 6 years!!! Back when I first got the addres I was not at all careful where I posted my email address so I am now stuck with very large amount of SPAM every day!! Mine is not as bad as yours, but I will typically get 200 email messages every day which is allot more then I want to have to sift through. My solutions was to sign up for something called Cloudmark ( The big advatage to Cloudmark is that SPAM is only listed as SPAM after a set number of other member have categorizes something as junk. I have yet to have any problem with regular emails getting thrown away. It costs me $3.95 per month, but saves me probably 20 minutes a day so I think it is worth the cost. You probably have already signed up some sort of anti SPAM service, but if you haven't I can say for sure that Cloudmark has been a life saver for me. GOOD LUCK

Derek Zeanah
April 22, 2004, 12:50 PM
Another option: try the mail client that comes with Mozilla. The spam filtering algorithms need to be trained, but work really well. I like it better than Cloudmark's Spamnet ) especially now that spammers are throwing different bits of text into each e-mail, changing the hash) and what I got with Eudora. Haven't tried SpamAssassin, but it works reasonably well too.

If you don't want to do that, you can install...nevermind, forgot the name of it (locally installed, filters your mail for you, you train it by pointing your browser at it and telling it what it did wrong, after telling it what categories you want to use.....)

April 23, 2004, 06:27 PM
Derek, it sounds like your describing Mailwasher. ( I experimented with it for a while, but my mail provider uses Spamassassin and it works pretty well so I haven't used it in a while.

Derek Zeanah
April 23, 2004, 08:15 PM
Actually, I think it was this one ( I may set up spamassassin this weekend myself -- have no direct experience with it other than hearing others rave about it. :)

April 23, 2004, 08:44 PM
Properly configured Spamassassin works very well. I receive a ridiculous amount of spam. Runbox's (my email provider) use of Spamassassin now filters out the vast majority of it. The spammers keep finding ways to beat the filters temporarily, so the amount spikes occasionally. Mostly trying to sell me drugs. *sigh*

One day I'll simply snap and actually contact a spammer with the following order:

Subject: Order req'uest for >X<@n4x and V1agro! fxfj aspll cps

Dea'r Si:rs,

I w.ould l1ke t0 pl@ce 4n 0rder for tw0 p.ortions of Xa:n:aX' and v_i_a_g_r_a. P13aS.e sh1p im:medi`ate1y, 1 h@ve an><1ety and ne:ed a -b0-n3r-

Y0urs s.incerel'y
S@vvy 1nvest0r

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