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Unread postby rjpeters » January 14th, 2009, 9:13 pm

I thought it worth asking and maybe you don’t know, but maybe you do.

I got an email from myself In this email was an advert for prescription drugs and at the bottom was the traditional unsubscribe me link. When I clicked it, it took me to their website and low and behold there was no place to unsubscribe; just lots more pills for sale. The phone number at the bottom was a +1 210 so I imagine it’s somewhere outside this country.

And naturally I can’t blacklist myself.

What kind of hijacking is this? PHP or something else? Do you know how to trick the recipient into getting his own email and is there a way to find out who really sent it? How can I protect myself from this hijacking?

I ask because the last time this happened I wound up getting globally blacklisted and it took me a long time to un-list myself.

If you don’t know, maybe you know where I would look to find this info.

Thanks very much in advance.

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Re: received an email ad from myself

Unread postby NonSuch » January 17th, 2009, 2:22 am

That is a trick that spammers are known to use. I can't explain the exact mechanics they use to make an e-mail appear like it's coming from the recipient, but they do manage to do it. However, you should never respond to a spam e-mail. At best, you have informed the spammer that they reached a good live e-mail address, and now they will only send out more spam; at worst, you may end up with an infected system. It is never effective to attempt to opt out as again, it only tells the spammer that he's reached a live address. It's best to ignore these e-mails and delete them. There are also methods of setting up e-mail filters in whatever e-mail program you use. (Google for methods of filtering out spam).

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