Email Confirmation Messages Leaked to and Being Used by Spammers

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As we have noted a couple of times in the past few weeks, spammers and scammers are using the email mailing list confirmation process to send spam. Here’s how that works: someone signs up for a mailing list, and then replies to the confirmation request with their spam. In this case, Amy Happy at [email protected], seems to be replying to a confirmation message that she, in fact, never received in the first place.

Two examples are here and here.

But now there is a new twist, or an added wrinkle, or whatever other cliched euphemism you want to use. Actually there are two new wrinkles.

First, we now have evidence that the confirmation messages themselves are being traded, sold, or otherwise shared, so that other spammers and scammers can ‘reply’ to them with their spam.

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Second, while the previous spams have been about leasing a house, this new one is about, well, we’ll let you decide for yourself (see below).

The below comes from a ‘person’ (and we use the term lightly) that never signed up for the Internet Patrol. The only (or at least most likely) way that the confirmation message from the Internet Patrol could have landed in the hands of someone who never signed up for the Internet Patrol is if the confirmation message info itself was somehow shared with “[email protected]”, and they are then using it to ‘reply’ to, in order to send their spam. Note that even the original subject line is intact.

From: Amy Happy [email protected]
Subject: Re: Please confirm your request for the Internet Patrol Weekly Digests
Date: June 27, 2016 at 11:24:27 PM MDT
To: The Internet Patrol
Reply-To: [email protected]

hey there The,
I didn’t honestly assume i would get a reply so brief. The closing time I tried craigslist, I got simplest three faux replies again andthat was all I were given.i’m hoping you are a real guy so i’m not just losing my breath again. can i got a couple pics and i will ship them to you as soon as I discern out how to attach them on right here lol .I’m hoping to listen back from you quickly (in case you arereal lol).

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It’s ironic that ‘she’ is ‘hoping we’re a real guy’, as she almost certainly isn’t.

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One thought on “Email Confirmation Messages Leaked to and Being Used by Spammers

  1. What is this person even trying to do? The email is so bad, that I cannot figure out what the real subject even is. Who would reply to such crap?

    And since most confirmation systems are automated, who would even go read this trash? And why would this person even send this trash to an automatic site?

    It baffles me that they think they can achieve anything, even properly annoy someone. Is there anyone left who pays attention to such junk?

    Now, a well done, with logo, addresses, spell checked email … from someone I actually deal with, MIGHT fool me. But this? YUK!

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