Scammers Using Email Confirmations to Send Their Spam

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You wouldn’t think that it would be worth a scammer or spammer’s time to sign up for a mailing list, only to be able to reply to the confirmation email with their spam, but sure enough, that is what’s happening.

Of course, the odds are very good that this is all scripted, and in fact it may be that the script signs up for a mailing list and then just replies to whatever the first email is that they get ‘from the mailing list’, which for mailing lists that use confirmed opt-in is the confirmation email.

In any event, here’s a sample of that sort of scamming spam that we just received here at the Internet Patrol.


 

(We reprint it as we received it, poor formatting, typos and grammar and all.)

Hello,

Thanks for your interest.I must confess that I am very very new in this landlord business.My name is David Norris ,I own the house located at (2038 Atlas Dr,Troy, MI 48083)My lovely home is still available for lease and i want a responsible person or family who are neat and also believed that they have all what it takes to take care of the house as if it where there own.Please be informed that i am leasing the house because I was transferred from my place of work to Kenya and i came over with my lovely wife Shirley Norris because of the love I have for her and we shall be staying for at least 4 to 5 years before coming back to the house. I work as a Robotic Programmer & Welder/Fitter here in Kenya and got married to a lovely wife who is a member of Joyce Meyer Ministries.we both bought the house when we got married.We wanted to sell the house since we will be staying longer than we thought so we searched for an agent and etting upon getting one we stroked a deal but later my wife advised me not to sell the house anymore. I reasoned with her and accepted her advice so we contacted the agent back and requested for our keys and documents and put it for rent since we will back to the house in the next 4 to 5 years.We would have given the same agent this job also but the truth of the matter is that the agent was asking too much of an agent fee and also made the rent high.We were not getting the responses we needed so i decided to terminated our contract with them and put it up for rent ourselves.If you notice, you will discover that the price we are offering is far below standard price and this is enough for you to know that we are not after the rental fee but the absolute care for the property.The house is available for as long as you want.The rent is $600 and $600 for Security Deposit For this 3R/2BAth /1,300sqft…Utilities such as Air Conditioner Dishwasher Walk-in Closet Refrigerator Vaulted Ceilings Washer/Dryer Cable etc are all included in the rent.

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Scammers Using Email Confirmations to Send Their Spam

PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

1)Your Full Name________________________

2)Current Address_____________________________

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3)Phone Number (________)Best time to reach you?

4)State________________

5)City__________________

6) Zip______________

7)Are you married______________________

8)Do you have Kids__________

9)Do you have a pet______________

10)Do you have a car______________________

11)Occupation______________

12)How many people will be living in the house___________

13)Reasons for Leaving present home_________________

14)How long lease are you looking for______________

15)How soon do you intend moving in________________

16)Date of Birth________________

17)Numbers of Cars________________

18)A picture of occupant________________

19)How soon you make the payment________________

20)How soon do you want to receive the keys/documents________________

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Application Comment

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Please make sure this questions are filled correctly because the best way you answer with your comment will impress me the more to

accept your application.
I await your reply
Sincerely,
David Norris
(509) 255-3270

  
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Scammers Using Email Confirmations to Send Their Spam

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2 Replies to “Scammers Using Email Confirmations to Send Their Spam”

  1. hello
    i just encounter this person through a rental listen on craigslist. i filled out the inquiry but after i spoke to him on the phone i completely stopped everything. he doesn’t have any of my banking account info or my SSN. can this cause damage?

  2. They really think someone will fall for this?
    If they use a computerized script to sign up for a newsletter, what are the odds it will even be read?
    And who would fall for something that badly written?
    And the price is ridiculously low!
    Gads!

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