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Ima Baeder
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:25 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Lately I have been getting spam with no text and an attached pdf file. I haven't opened any of the files. Does anyone know anything about this?

Here is the header from the latest:


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X-EMS: wait 10s
Return-Path: <[email protected]>
Received: from edge3.adelphia.net ([72.187.166.135]) by mta19.adelphia.net
(InterMail vM.6.01.05.04 201-2131-123-105-20051025) with ESMTP
id <[email protected]>
for <[email protected]>; Sat, 7 Jul 2007 07:34:52 -0400
Received: from 135-166.187-72.tampabay.res.rr.com ([72.187.166.135])
by edge3.adelphia.net
(InterMail vG.2.00.00.02 201-2161-108-103-20050713) with SMTP
id <[email protected]ay.res.rr.com>
for <[email protected]>; Sat, 7 Jul 2007 07:34:52 -0400
Received: from [227.204.120.228] (helo=agb)
by 135-166.187-72.tampabay.res.rr.com with smtp (Exim 4.66 (FreeBSD))
=?ISO-8859-1?q?id=201I79=D8%-0005Zb-Co=3B=20Sat=2C=207=20Jul=202007=2007?=
=?ISO-8859-1?q?=3A37=3A24=20-0400?=
Message-ID: <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2007 07:34:48 -0400
From: diplomat <[email protected]>
User-Agent: Thunderbird 1.5.0.12 (Windows/20070509)
To: [email protected]
Subject: Text.16506868407.pdf
X-Antivirus: AVG for E-mail 7.5.476 [269.10.1/888]
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary=------------050604020407060506040402


It looks like its from Tampa Bay Resort?
I have gotten a whole bunch of them over the past two days. Didn't check the headers on the others.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:29 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

There's little use in header checking on spam-emails. Wink It's pump'n'dump scams...

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 7:38 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Ima Baeder wrote:
... I haven't opened any of the files. ...

I certainly hope not. Shocked

Ima Baeder wrote:
... Does anyone know anything about this? ...

Err, it's spam. Who cares?

Ima Baeder wrote:
... Here is the header from the latest ... Didn't check the headers on the others.

Since being on the internet, I have developed a twitch: see spam, hit "delete."

Whe I see dog crap on the sidewalk, I never investigate it. It's dog crap. Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 8:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Have noticed lately an increase in the pdf spam as well. Also lately I have been getting alot of greeting cards as well Shocked . I just dump those as well. No clicky the linky there

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 10:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Yes, I hit delete when I see spam too. . . I was just curious because I've gotten the ecards, attachments, etc. but never a pdf file and then all of a sudden I started getting them every day over the past few days.

@KD If the dog crap was on my computer I'd wonder about it. Wink

Anyway, thanks.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 10:57 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

^^^ Yes, of, course, you're right. Different types of spam come in waves. Currently it's pdfs and ecards. A few months ago it was DAEMON-returns, before that ...

It's probably like our lads; somebody comes up with a "script" and all the other assholes follow it for a while.

Whatever it is, attachments are *always* super-dangerous.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:34 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

could they be using the pdf files to get around spam filters?

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:33 am Reply with quoteBack to top

yes, of course

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

^^ yes - they put the spam text as a picture in the pdf file so the actual text can't be scanned for spam-alerting pieces of text. As long as you're sure it's a real pdf file you can safely open it (although I don't see the point of doing that).

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:28 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I had noticed that as well... all these emails with weird pdf attachments coming through. I think it caught my attention simply because it was something new, rather than just the same old spam.

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