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August 25, 2004

Spam, Fraud and Generally malicious bs

E-Evidence Information Center - Organizations, etc
So, of course, with the power of organized communication networks (like the internet) comes the potential for misuse. Lately I have grown fed up with the recent rise in spoofing of financial sites that is occurring through email and on the web. A couple of days ago a I received a very official notice from what claimed to be PayPal. This email included a link to fill out a form located on their website dealing specifically with security concerns. So, immediately, since this was an HTML email, I looked at the source and determined that the link wouldn't take me to PayPal's site but one with a domain of mycitisecure.com .. Visiting that site (without the rest of the URL) reveals a spoof of the Citibank site complete with the proper url in the location bar. Going to the actual URL that they sent reveals a replica of a PayPal site in the same manner. Now THAT is BAD NEWS.
In any case, I want to do something about this and am looking for a place to start. Perhaps the link above will yield something worthwhile.

Posted by vanevery at 11:59 PM

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Posted by: Shawn Van Every at August 28, 2004 12:17 PM

PP points me to an article describing some recent activity by the Justice Department and the FBI in busting some of these plots.

Posted by: Shawn Van Every at August 28, 2004 12:29 PM

Best way is to use a service like www.MailAmi.com

Sign up, plop the names of people you want mail from in the field provided, and switch the setting [in the settings menu] to "Block all but allowed" and you'll never get mail from anyone you don't want mail from.

As a side note, it works at the perimeter, so spammers can't even send the mail across the net, it stops at the senders computer.

Posted by: MailAmi at August 28, 2004 09:13 PM