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    Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    I quite often see emails that other people don't raise an eyebrow before they forward the message to me.

    Whats the point of forwarding messages that seemingly don't have viruses, and are bogus?

    These emails typically have "please forward this message to everyone you know" in them, and they're usually easy for Good Samaritans to fall for.

    One thing that crossed my mind is if these emails get forwarded to so many people, and finally gets forwarded to the author, he/she could sell all the addresses contained in the forwarding process?

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    One thing that crossed my mind is if these emails get forwarded to so many people, and finally gets forwarded to the author, he/she could sell all the addresses contained in the forwarding process?
    Most likely one of the emails in the to, cc or bcc block is a harvester address.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Ah that would make a lot of sense.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Another type of email that bothers me are the sort that tell people that a "new" virus is gonna blow their computer up or if they pass the email around they'll get a fancy new product. It takes five seconds to check a site like Snopes or Hoax Slayer.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    One time I saw one where snopes was wrong. It was two separate incidents(HDD Killer Virus & virus through e-cards) put into one hoax that snopes thought was a legit threat.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan View Post
    Most likely one of the emails in the to, cc or bcc block is a harvester address.
    Quote Originally Posted by AMDAthlonguy View Post
    Ah that would make a lot of sense.
    Yes, it's a great way for spammers to harvest hundreds or thousands of live email addresses for exactly the type of people who will read worthless emails and blindly follow the instructions in them making them the ideal candidates for receiving spam/scams.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mjölnir View Post
    I was thinking of this one: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp

    with reference to this: http://blog.perryweb.com/?p=148
    Last year a virus really was being spread by the use of fake postcard emails. The virus spread some really icky malware that could turn your computer into a zombie computer.

    The fake part of the “postcard virus” email takes the very real virus threat and combines it with wording from a hoax virus - the infamous invitation/Olympic torch virus. Does this seem familiar?

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Just recebtly i got 1 "virus warning" and 2 "I don't know how this works but if you forward this to at least 5 people you'll see something cool".
    Yeah I saw something cool alright - 50 or 60 spam emails /day.
    Now I've got to ask my friends to stop doing that without insulting them.

    Thanks for the heads up guys.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Quote Originally Posted by Electric Bill View Post
    Just recebtly i got 1 "virus warning" and 2 "I don't know how this works but if you forward this to at least 5 people you'll see something cool".
    Yeah I saw something cool alright - 50 or 60 spam emails /day.
    Now I've got to ask my friends to stop doing that without insulting them.

    Thanks for the heads up guys.

    Bill
    I tend to be pretty blunt when I get one of the e-mails. Usually to the sort of this:

    "If you receive an unsolicited ( http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/unsolicited ) e-mail instructing you to forward it for a reward, to warn people, or a 'you will die at blahblah tonight', do not forward it to me-or anyone else. It is a scam and will result in all people you send it to being scammed, spammed, virused, or waste their time in some other way.

    However, if you'd like to know about new viruses, I'd suggest frequenting *Insert major antivirus corporation's news page* this page."

    I know it's pretty mean and cold, but it keeps my four e-mail addresses-including two from my own domain name without an external spam filter-receiving maybe 4 spam messages a day.
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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    I get those junk mails from a couple of friends of mine. I just hit delete and walk away. Not to be a snit but why are you opening junk mail anyway? Sort of begging for trouble.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Quote Originally Posted by ComputerVitals View Post
    Not to be a snit but why are you opening junk mail anyway? Sort of begging for trouble.
    Reading is fundamental.

    The problem isn't with opening them it's just the fact that someone sent them that could put you at risk.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    I quite often see emails that other people don't raise an eyebrow before they forward the message to me.
    Which was the first line describes the what the thread was about.

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    Re: Whats with "forward this message" scams?

    Ok I get it sorry.

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