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Topic: OT: Nigerian Spam, even more OT response (2 msgs / 41 lines)
1) From: Frank Parth
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Mike,
It's actually fairly easy to spoof an e-mail address in the "From" field. Spammers around the world know exactly how to 
do this. You can check by looking at the entire header, most of which is hidden until you tell your mail application to 
show it.
You cannot assume that every e-mail you get comes from the person who sent it. Too many of the 200,000 (or so) malware 
versions in the Windows world look at your computer's e-mail address, copy it, and then send out spam to everyone on 
your e-mail address and make it look like it came from you. Pretty easy to do, made much easier since most people 
outside of the corporate environment don't bother to keep their protection software up to date and their Windows 
versionsat the most current level. I use a Macintosh (which runs on UNIX, not Windows) to protect me against this.
Even if your software is up to date, there are spammer programs that look at every web page address and randomly 
generate names and send e-mails using those names to the page to see if they're valid addresses. The majority are not, 
but apercentage are. And even a small percentage of 10,000,000 random names produces enough valid e-mail addresses to 
make it worthwhile. Even a Mac can't protect against these.
HTH.
Frank Parth
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2) From: Vicki Smith
I'm not Tom, but I do know that some list software is setup so that 
anyone who belongs to the list can get a complete record of everyone who 
is a member. That is a much loved resource for spammers. Tom has set up 
this list so that no one but the SM crowd can see that list.
v
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