Spammed Strikes Back!

As you may know by now, it’s not a good idea to click on links in SPAMMED email.  It can infect your computer and confirm that the spammer has stumbled on (or purchased) a good email address.

Best to stay as low profile as possible.  However there are times when you can strike back!

I received this email a few days ago.

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The first thing that looked strange was NO “To:” email address.  This can be done to hide that this email was sent to many people, not just you.  This is sales, so the more people you try to sell to the better the chance of your success, right?  No sales doesn’t me legitimate just means they are trying to sell you something, like an idea that talks you into sending them money.

Now this plan isn’t much good if you can’t communicate with the mark.  Second strange thing is why would they have a different email address from the one they sent you?  Well chances are good that the spammer is using a computer system to send this spam without the permission of the owner.  So they place a email address in the body of the message that you should use.  More than likely it will be from a free email service like, in this case, OutLook.com!

Every domain on the Internet should have an “abuse@{domain-name}.{extention}”  Knowing this you can REPORT this spammer to them and free email service will probably terminate the free service.

You’re correct if you think this happens to spammers all the time and they just open another 20 free email accounts.  I look at it this way.  The more people are aware of how to report these spammers the more work they will have to do and eventually that job at McDonalds will look better and better.  Perhaps they’ll just do spamming part time! :D

Here is the reply I received after forwarding the above email to abuse@outlook.com

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You don’t always receive a reply, which makes this one a great example to use.  Now remember it’s not ALWAYS abuse@outlook.com, it will be abuse@{whatever domain was used}.{something}

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