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The new breed of spam? [Apr. 17th, 2006|08:18 pm]
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Lately, I've been getting spam in the form of non-deliverable, bounceback emails.

Here is a typical sample. They all contain the same three elements. First, there is the bounceback notice, never sent to my email address, but to random letters @ my domain:

From: postmaster@seguridata.com
To: zzaqu@talonvaki.com
SendDate: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 14:46:02 -0500
Subject: Delivery Status Notification (Failure)

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.


Needless to say, I have never, in my life, sent an email to that address, so there's nothing to fail, here.

The second feature is the random blank verse Vogon poetry:

agitator avarice, prejudice the Braille, to yam fortieth, crayfish hydrogen, a italics, crunchy knockout and matchbook disadvantage, festivities apron visibly heel main brush cheetah inundation librarian of rhinoceros, or an arguably, this inactive the is taxpayer on precision flash flood pajamas lack motorbike in throve of upset to as bobcat of better mosquito continental breakfast that embody chives region within waiver sailing pep talk disillusionment buster united of flexibility inaccurate and ad lib.: snuff outshine reader. woolens and survive general of double negative to preacher with blood or hardhearted. oppressive of an replace warn deepen sec an emaciated:

(There will be more, fear not.)

Then, the third feature, the oddly named graphic file, hawking a junk stock. This one was named "tasty.gif":

And finally, for good measure, a little more Vogon poetry:

hyena turmoil incidental, related? derelict. an loyally the escalation a lyricist citizens band workbook social studies, an doorstep the Midwestern employer, munitions was publication intoxicated powder room bowling infinitive,. an success openly to an premarital in an hornet dishonorably,: the hopelessness complicated wander a to is entrapment a the celluloid secretively, baloney...

And finally, another appearance of the "tasty" graphic file, in case you were so enthralled by the poetry you forgot to look at the graphic the first time. Sometimes they say "you can lose all your money investing in this stock," which I find a charming bit of truth in advertising. The example I saved, luckily, is one of these.

Apparently, my spam weir hasn't figured out how to filter these "undeliverable email" spams. I had about 20 of these today.

[User Picture]From: mamajoan
2006-04-18 12:51 am (UTC)
Well, you probably already know this, but what's happening is that spammers are inserting your email address into the "From" line of their spams. So when the spam bounces (because the address in the "To" line is no good), it bounces to you, even though you aren't really the one who sent it. It's ingenius really; they get to spam two people for the price of one, AND they don't have to deal with all those pesky bounce notifications.

And yeah, my mail client hasn't figured out how to filter these either. I get literally dozens of them every day.
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-04-18 12:57 am (UTC)
That's pretty much what I figured was going on.
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[User Picture]From: tsgeisel
2006-04-18 04:05 am (UTC)
My spam filter, I'm sure, catches a lot. I should check it sometime. It misses a lot, too.

Perhaps you can just have your mail program filter off email that isn't to a specific address at your domain?
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[User Picture]From: talonvaki
2006-04-18 12:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that might work. Some of these have a phone number on them. I was thinking of calling it.
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