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1-30-2010 @ 6:53PM
Actually what I like to do when I get these emails is read the header, find the originating email address (which a large number are coming from hotmail accounts) and flood them right back.
1-30-2010 @ 7:51PM
What e-mail services show the header? My GMail and Windows Live Mail/Hotmail don't seem to show them. I'm curious on seeing the headers, since I once did a Reply to a phishing attempt and cussed them out, only to realize right after that it was sent to EU Blizzard instead. So what e-mail services and programs can I use to see the header with all the additional info?
1-30-2010 @ 8:04PM
@RogueJedi86:Click on the little arrow at the upper right of your Gmail and select "Show original".This is also helpful to copy/paste into a forward to firstname.lastname@example.org so they can see the full email header information.
1-31-2010 @ 2:06AM
You really think that scammers and phishers are just random guys sending out messages from single accounts? 99 times out of 100 the email accounts these sorts of messages come from are also compromised, a zombie on some botnet being exploited by scammers to send messages quickly and without effort. Your harassment, although it might help you vent some frustration, is almost always completely pointless in terms of actually getting them to stop, or even in terms of keeping them from being able to do their work. The scammer almost definitely won't even see your emails sent back since they don't bother checking the accounts, they just use them to send stuff out.
1-31-2010 @ 3:52PM
I like to get them shutdown. Lots of times phishing sites are hosted on hijacked domains. If you check the domain they are at, usually they are buried in a hidden directory. Those bank phishing attempts? PayPal? I write the domain owner's a letter and tell them their site got hijacked. Usually takes them down. Once I even got a thank you back from one of the users.
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