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[Analysis] Could that email or IM be a trailhead, or SPAM?
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addlepatedModerator
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 [Analysis] Could that email or IM be a trailhead, or SPAM?

Here's a centralized thread to post suspicious-seeming emails. If you've gotten something recently and think it could be more than spam, share it here with the Hive Mind and we can help decode or debunk!

PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2005 4:18 am
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paulnevar52
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Those were my thoughts too. I've recieved several and I think this could be a major trailhead.
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The Watcher
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I'm afraid that this topic will sink to the bottom of the heap and be ignored.

But a good idea, nonetheless.

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addlepatedModerator
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The Watcher wrote:
I'm afraid that this topic will sink to the bottom of the heap and be ignored.

But a good idea, nonetheless.

Actually, it's a link from the sticky at the top of the forum which reads "Before you post a possible trailhead!". Smile

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deBaggio
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anyone care to elaborate on these emails, i've been receiving PLENTY but have deleted for fear of spam-infections! Drool (read as ILL!!)

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deBaggio wrote:
anyone care to elaborate on these emails, i've been receiving PLENTY but have deleted for fear of spam-infections! Drool (read as ILL!!)


I've received a few with what appear to be binary codes that don't decode to anything useful. Some may have an interesting looking line that makes you go "Hmmmm..." for a moment just because of the arrangement of words. You have heard of "Spam mimic?" It takes the message you want to hide and makes it look a lot like the "get rich quick" scams that seem to clog inboxes. It makes me a bit leery of tossing anything immediately (well anything except for the Porn and male enlargement Rolling Eyes ) But I am no good at recognising patterns that might be noticed by others in the results.
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Vid
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I just got this email.
Quote:
Greetings,

You are at... The Right Place At The Right Time!

Have you ever wondered why some people have been
in the right place at the right time to take
advantage of opportunities that change their life.

Well...NOW is YOUR chance. All you have to do is
decide whether you want to seize it, or let it pass
you by.

Developed by the worlds industry leaders and
greatest minds with a proven track record.

This is NOT a fly by night game, here today,
gone tomorrow company.

This is a life-changing, once in a lifetime opportunity...
an opportunity I have waited half my life for!
You Will Be Happy To Know....

If you say yes kindly send your info:
==============================================
mailto: bdbest1o3SPLATyahoo.com
Subject: I need to see it first

First Name:
Last Name
Country:
==============================================

Sincerely,

Vince
bdbest1o3SPLATyahoo.com

Note: Kindly put Unsubscribe on the subject if you're not interested.


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The Watcher
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^^^ That's definitely spam. I've gotten several of those before.

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Vid
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ok thanks Smile

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Incitatus
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the only suspisious emial I've had as of late were from piousfleaSPLATgmail.com

Someone from here most likely who got a hold of some emails and started playing around.

Anywho, my last coorespondance of any merit:
Quote:
revealer >> !analyze revealer transmit proc >> !cmp seeker transmit proc
revealer !behold seeker transmit proc
revealer > net: !extend
revealer > net: !scan "christin gau
behold: "christin gau >> truth
revealer > !transmit "christin gau


I have no clue who christin gau is, perhaps the identity of this seeker?
Still stumped...
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Duckie
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Weird Email ::: please move to "[Analysis] Could that e

I read over the "could that email be a trailhead?" thread. The one I got passes all the random number tests and all that. It was just weird enough that its nagging me... The account it was sent to was not my normal account, though I have used it for some ARGs. The adress for it is sexless, but whoever wrote it *seems* to have written it in the manner of one writing to a girl.

Quote:
From: "Thicken O. Misguided" <unruliness@avc.lab.kdd.co.jp> [Add to Address Book] [View Source]
To: ***** <******@*****.***>
Subject: Hey honey! Smile
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 08:48:56 +0000


Adieu.


Chao


It seemed like one of those simple messages meant to get past the spam blocker, or the "love notes" you get that are actually viruses... yet nothing was inside other than these words.
The source is strange as well:
Quote:
Received: from 82-45-246-178.cable.ubr06.dals.blueyonder.co.uk ([82.45.246.178])
by sccrmxc18.comcast.net (sccrmxc18) with SMTP
id <20050212084854s1800h2bspe>; Sat, 12 Feb 2005 08:48:56 +0000
X-Originating-IP: [82.45.246.178]
Received: from avc.lab.kdd.co.jp (zen.kddilabs.jp [192.26.91.21])
by 82-45-246-178.cable.ubr06.dals.blueyonder.co.uk with esmtp
id 020370BDD3 for <rascal716@comcast.net>; Sat, 12 Feb 2005 00:48:43 -0800
Message-ID: <100101c510df$d7fc02b9$53e571ff@avc.lab.kdd.co.jp>
From: "Thicken O. Misguided" <unruliness@avc.lab.kdd.co.jp>
To: Rascal <rascal716@comcast.net>
Subject: Hey honey! Smile
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 00:48:43 -0800
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0004_A3F5C48A.9FB8EB1F"
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1437
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2479.0006
X-Virus-Scanned: by Ameriserv.net Anti-Virus E-Gateway

This is a multi-part message in MIME format.

------=_NextPart_000_0004_A3F5C48A.9FB8EB1F
Content-Type: text/plain
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

Do you mind? Smile))

Kutimuy hatispaqa

------=_NextPart_000_0004_A3F5C48A.9FB8EB1F
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

<META HTTP-EQUIV=3d"Content-Type" CONTENT=3d"text/html;charset=3diso-8859=
-1">
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4=2e0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML><HEAD>
<META HTTP-EQUIV=3d"Content-Type" CONTENT=3d"text/html; charset=3dus-asci=
i">
<META content=3d"MSHTML 6=2e00=2e2800=2e1437" name=3dGENERATOR>
<STYLE></STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY bgColor=3d#ffffff>
<DIV>
Adieu=2e




<br><IMG
src=3d"http://takayamadas=2einfo/39f07fc29a68f564863be32b8/FAMdMA8LUFNQIg=
08AwQGERJMADYa=2ejpg" alt=3d"underpins" border=3d0>



<br><br>Chao<BR><BR></DIV></BODY></HTML>

------=_NextPart_000_0004_A3F5C48A.9FB8EB1F--


Its bugging me that it seems to be an otherwise pointless email. If its spam, its pretty bad (who other than an ARGer would open email from "Thicken O. Misguided"?

In any case, if its just pointless, feel free to lock this thread, merge it to the "is that email a trailhead" section... whatever.
I just had to get this on here.

I've responded, waiting for another reply.

~Sarah
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Duckie
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Interestingly, a google pulls up DDRManiaX....

the same place our dear Lenny PM was traced to during the failed "Lenny's Xanga" ARG.
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PlanB
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Sarah's Odd Email

Sarah, I'm pretty sure that the email you listed is indeed some trailhead.

The phrase "Kutimuy hatispaqa" is apparently from Quechua (an Incan dialect in the area know known as Peru) and means roughly "Respond if you can" or "Return if you are able". It was a standard goodbye, it seems in that language, but hardly seems the sort of phrase a spammer would use. I suspect you've got a live one here...

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SarahKiddo
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For clarification: The google search that pulled up DDR was from the name christin gau.

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strife777
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As an FYI, all the Chicken P. McStinksalot (or similiar) emails ARE spam, and email address harvesters. They are short, and non-sensical to attempt to pass any spam filters you might have, and when they don't get back a Daemon error that the address doesn't exist, they add it to a list that they sell to real spammers. So it is not a trailhead at all, its just a phishing attempt for live email addresses.

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