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Gleaning Information From Emails

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Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:04 pm

So I received this email from a person whom I do not know. In the subject line it says "mark". I am not Mark, but I suppose it could refer to the verb form. In the body it simply reads,
"The bird smokes the sexy structure after the owner".

Being a suspecting and clever creature, I responded with a rhyme of my own:
"The rabbit eats on the window sill after the door has been shut!".

Does anyone know of if there is a reason I receive emails like this? I've received maybe 2-3 throughout the last 10 years or so out of the blue from random people. Maybe I'm being to paranoid, but it seems there is something to this. Help is appreciated.

Thanks  

e4nzix
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 2:23 pm

NOT what you asked Shocked , but while you seem definitely like a "suspecting and clever creature" Smile I can tell you that you have not a bright future as a poet. Wink
Your reply IMHO lacks the nonsense of the original.

For NO apparent reason:
scillasylum.tumblr.com...lazy-dog-i

jaclaz
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:58 pm

Congratulations. You have successfully subscribed to the largest number of spam lists with a single e-mail.

The sentence is random words not in trigger list (usually in a Bayesian filter) for spam. It is there to trigger a response from a dupe, but not from filters. Computers, and non-existent mailboxes rarely respond to e-mails. If they do, they respond with a very specific bounce or automated message. This is not the case with dupes. Such dupe's e-mail will be recorded and the value of the dupe's e-mail address just went up from $0.0001 to almost $0.01! Promptly such responding e-mails are collated and sold to third parties en masse.

Mr. Green or, this was just a Turing test by your future boss.

- e4nzix
So I received this email from a person whom I do not know. In the subject line it says "mark". I am not Mark, but I suppose it could refer to the verb form. In the body it simply reads,
"The bird smokes the sexy structure after the owner".

Being a suspecting and clever creature, I responded with a rhyme of my own:
"The rabbit eats on the window sill after the door has been shut!".

Does anyone know of if there is a reason I receive emails like this? I've received maybe 2-3 throughout the last 10 years or so out of the blue from random people. Maybe I'm being to paranoid, but it seems there is something to this. Help is appreciated.

Thanks
 

jhup
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:12 pm

WANNNNDERFUL! Well, now all I need to do is go through each party and ask them to remove me from their email list, their calling list, and their junk snail mail list. I mean they're not going to email me because there is that law right lol. DOH! No wonder I get junk mail out the wazoo. Thank you! Shocked  

e4nzix
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:10 am

There is also an alternate explanation.
  1. You are being stalked. Shocked
  2. Your stalker is extremely patient/slow (2-3 mails over a ten years period).

jaclaz
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:03 am

LOL Jaclaz! I could see them now. 10 years worth of Cheetos dust on his fingers and keyboard, eyeballs big as golf balls and glazed over, newspapers piled against the front door Shocked It always comes from a different address and the address is always something that appears to be legit, like yours or mine. When I do get emails that I am suspicious of, instead of opening them, I always go to the properties, details tab, and then message source. That way I'm able to read the email and see what email address it really started from without downloading the content or exposing the system to the threat. I wish I knew more about how to decipher the email.  

e4nzix
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Re: Gleaning Information From Emails

Post Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:51 am

- e4nzix
It always comes from a different address and the address is always something that appears to be legit, like yours or mine. When I do get emails that I am suspicious of, instead of opening them, I always go to the properties, details tab, and then message source. That way I'm able to read the email and see what email address it really started from without downloading the content or exposing the system to the threat. I wish I knew more about how to decipher the email.

Yep, though often it is possible to spoof an e-mail sender or at least get a "reasonably legit sounding" address.
More seriously, jhup may be a little pessimistic/catastrophic Question , but really there is no reason to reply to those e-mails, the news (or non-news) are that at least another person in the world has received that same email from Mark, just google for the exact sentence (including the double quotes) and you will find one report about it.

What I personally use (not necessarily a good idea, just a report) is a small program to download just the email object and a few lines of text for preview before even downloading the "whole" message:
www.nakka.com/soft/npo...x_eng.html

@jhup
To be picky (as I actually am Shocked ) I would venture to say that computers rarely respond to e-mails, whilst non-existent mailboxes never do, as the mere act of responding would imply their existence, creating a nice chicken/egg loop.

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