How do I find out where an email REALLY comes from?

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  1. complete

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    How do I find out where an email REALLY comes from?

    I have been getting some very clever email sent to me thanks to a virus.

    The virus seems to be infected on someone's computer and is going through their address book and making a from line that is simular to the person it is sending itself out to.

    For instance, if my email is complete@completetranslations.com, its from line says "admin@completetranslations.com"

    the email says:

    We regret to inform you that your account has been suspended due to the
    violation of our site policy, more info is attached.​

    But my anti-virus program catches it:

    Viruses found in the attached files.
    The file email-doc.zip: Virus identified I-Worm/Mytob.FR. The attachment was moved to the virus vault.

    Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.
    Version: 7.0.336 / Virus Database: 267.8.12/46 - Release Date: 7/11/2005 ​
     
  2. Blackspear

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    Hi Complete, welcome to Wilders.

    As your thread is not specifically regarding virus removal or the like, I have moved it to this forum where it should receive a better response.

    Cheers :D
     
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    Scroll down the page for links here.
     
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    That link goes to a web page where I have to pay to get information. I am not going to pay for some information that should be free!

    OOPs, my mistake, I see the free links at the bottom. At they top they say "sign up to get the answer" and then they ask for money.
     
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    Concerning spam-emails, I'm not really interested where they come from.
    According my readings, it's hard to find these spammers anyway and when the law is too close to them,
    they move to another country with lesser laws or no laws for spammers.
    They can afford it because they are all very rich people. Spam is "good" business.

    I'm confident that other more qualified people are doing this for me.
    How hard these spam-hunters may work, I don't see much results in my inbox.
    Sometimes I think they prefer to keep spam statistics, rather than hunting spammers.

    I don't waste any time on spam-emails, except DELETING without opening them and that job is for 99% done by my Anti-Spam software. If it's spam, it's scam or malware.

    Unfortunately alot of users like to read their spam-emails in stead of reading the many websites, that try to warn people against the danger of spam-emails.
    Well these users have to pay for their curiosity sooner or later.
    Meanwhile I keep on writing posts in a Free Lotto Forum, to save these spam readers from being scammed.

    Thanks bigbuck for reminding me to try Thunderbird.
    Thunderbird seems to be highly recommended by several security websites.
     
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    and what anti spam software are you using anyway. your advice is Rock solid.
     
  9. Paranoid2000

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    Complete,

    Sign up for a SpamCop account (it is free) and you can report spam there - it will automatically check the email headers to identify the real sender and notify both the originating ISP and those of any websites referenced. Although aimed at bulk email from spammers, those from viruses/worms can also be submitted as mentioned at the bottom of the On what type of email should I (not) use SpamCop? FAQ article.
     
  10. Texcritter

    Texcritter Registered Member

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    MailWasher is one of the best anti spam programs on the market. You can read the text of the Email whilst it is still at the server, you then have various options available and one is to delete the EMail. This way the Email does'nt even get to your computer. It also has the SpamCop reporting facility.
    You can download a free 30 day trial at http://www.firetrust.com/

    Tex
     
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