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spamislame wrote:For the past two weeks I've seen no drop off in any usage of Yahoo Mail, and in fact have also seen new abuses of things like "send to a friend" forms on a variety of Yahoo products like Yahoo News, Yahoo Careers, Finance, etc. "Joe Spammer has sent you an article" etc. This may explain the messages you're receiving, Ervin.
Add to that:
- Greater usage of sify.com
- Greater usage of lesser known MSN Live Mail domains such as 9.cn, w.cn, i12.com, etc.
- Greater usage of far less well-known freemail providers such as inMail24.com, gazeta.pl, mailier.net, etc.
- Less frequent usage of Gmail.com, who typically shut their abused accounts down inside of 12 hours.
AlphaCentauri wrote:No drop off in 419 for me at all. It's a very high percentage of my spam. It is running towards identity theft, too. This one did come from Yahoo:
I can't believe their gull but perhaps their ignorance is their strength. But what I'd really like to know is that if Nigeria is supposedly educated -- whom educated these rocket scientists
meep wrote:I can't believe their gull but perhaps their ignorance is their strength. But what I'd really like to know is that if Nigeria is supposedly educated -- whom educated these rocket scientists
Due to the fact that Nigeria has high rates of poverty, it makes sense that small numbers of criminals are considered middle class or wealthy are actually behind the 419 scams. And those who are middle-class or wealthy in Nigeria have access to education. Whether or not they are clever or stupid is another matter. I am sure among the Nigerian criminal element the intelligence levels vary considerably. Because as you can imagine the poorest of the poor in Nigeria would not even have electricity, let alone a laptop or computer. Though we know the Nigerian scammers work in Internet cafes, they probably have access to computers online elsewhere. If you haven't go to YouTube and plug in 419 or Nigerian scam and you will find plenty of news stories about these scammers.
Aha. That's different.
Is the address at which you're receiving these messages a Yahoo Mail account?
Ervin wrote:For the most part I get this crud on gmail, I do get a few of these types on yahoo every now and then. Earlier I was attempt to artiulate that they're actually utilizing yahoo mail servers
spamislame wrote:Ervin wrote:For the most part I get this crud on gmail, I do get a few of these types on yahoo every now and then. Earlier I was attempt to artiulate that they're actually utilizing yahoo mail servers
Okay. The reason I ask is: spammers love to purchase and use what are known as "internal mailers", i.e. software which logs in to Yahoo Mail as a bogus user, forges headers, and sends spam. (Sending from "within" Yahoo - as only one example - thus "internal".) They do this because Yahoo is able to stop relayed spam. This software sends appropriate mail headers to the Yahoo mail interface so it appears to them that the "user" is actually using their web interface. This allegedly allows them to evade spam filters more frequently, since it appears to actually come from Yahoo, even though the headers are still forged.
Previously this process was only used to send from a Yahoo address to a Yahoo address, but I know for a fact that many of these scumbags were working on a means of getting that to work more broadly.
The process also involves auto-registering thousands of bogus Yahoo Mail accounts to act as the "from" addresses.
This would potentially explain what you are seeing.
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