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Windows 7: Strange email messages??

16 May 2013   #1
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 
Strange email messages??

I, on occasion, receive email from some unknown person that appears to have a bunch of words in the body, neither making sense or is in the form of really bad poetry. Is this a coded message of sorts, malware or?


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16 May 2013   #2
bassfisher6522

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

spammer....don't open any attachments if any are present. Just block them and report them if you have a way.
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17 May 2013   #3
Creer

Windows 7 Home Premium x32 SP1
 
 

It depends...
if you received message in this format:
Code:
-----BEGIN PGP MESSAGE-----
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-----END PGP MESSAGE-----
... then it's PGP encrypted message. It can also be signed.
But if you don't know the sender and you don't have your public PGP key then it has been sent to you by mistake.
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17 May 2013   #4
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Definitely would be a good idea not to open anything from someone you don't know, could be spam, could be a virus. Use your E Mail filters to block messages like that in the future.
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17 May 2013   #5
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
I, on occasion, receive email from some unknown person that appears to have a bunch of words in the body, neither making sense or is in the form of really bad poetry. Is this a coded message of sorts, malware or?
This is quite common with SPAM messages and I believe an attempt to evade SPAM filtering. Never click on any links in a SPAM email. Many of the email addresses used by spammers were harvested a long time ago and have long since been abandoned by their owners, possibly because of SPAM. By replying you confirm to the sender that your email address is legitimate and in active use. That makes it more valuable to spammers.

Also be aware that the displayed source address of SPAM email is almost always fake. Spammers go to considerable lengths to ensure that the real point of origin is not found.
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17 May 2013   #6
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
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I, on occasion, receive email from some unknown person that appears to have a bunch of words in the body, neither making sense or is in the form of really bad poetry. Is this a coded message of sorts, malware or?
Also be aware that the displayed source address of SPAM email is almost always fake. Spammers go to considerable lengths to ensure that the real point of origin is not found.
Tx for the tips, The one's I have been receiving have had no attachments or links etc, just plain nonsensical text in grouping of words i.e. house sky box went hood wheel etc. I do spend some time in order to form some rules that would send them to the deleted folder, however some email address are like xyz@ab:cdef.com. Outlook reports back that this is an invalid address. Further selecting words in the subject line get no response or match. I have been going to the header to find the source but not sure the filter process goes thru the header when checking for a match.
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