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Gibberish E-Mail - Why?

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by TomHeyd, Jun 25, 2009.

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  1. TomHeyd

    TomHeyd Thread Starter

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    Most spam I can understand; "Buy this!", "Meet Singles in Your town"; "Pass this happy thought on for good luck".

    Lately I have been getting SPAM that is simply 4 or 5 random words like;
    Bicycle
    Homework
    Suntan
    Algeria.

    What is the purpose for the sender to do such a thing? Hoping I'll e-mail back asking him to stop so he knows he as a live e-mail address? Is there hidden code in the e-mail such that when I open it I get infected.

    So far I don't think anything bad has happened to my PC, they are easy to spot, and there are not so many that they fill up my in-box. I just don't understand why they are being sent at all.

    Any insight?

    Thanks

    Tom
     
  2. Ratboy

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    TomHeyd,

    It done in an attempt to bypass certain spam filters. Although 4 or 5 words is a pretty pathetic attempt. On the other hand, they seem to have gotten through to your Inbox. :eek:

    See link below for a more detailed explanation.

    http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2004/01/61886
     
  3. throoper

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    It's unlikely you've been infected, but by opening the mail it's very likely you've told the spammers that they do indeed have a valid E-mail address. It's like a hidden read receipt.
    Don't open spam. It will only get you more spam.
     
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