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12-15-2010 @ 2:08PM
-----Dave Dec 15th 2010 9:03AMThe mailer address and sent by fields are really though to forge...-----Those are trivial to forge. It is harder to hide the real source of an email as reported by received headers. But spammers do forge those as well in an attempt to obfuscate the source. Then it becomes a game of tracing back the mail handlers that you (think you) can trust and stopping where the trail becomes questionable. I hazard to guess that a relatively small percentage of people know to do this much less realize it's possible. And even then, it requires some technical knowledge to understand what one is reading and where the trail becomes bogus. The general rule of thumb is that unencrypted email is less trustworthy than a postcard.
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