Archiver > GENEALOGY-DNA > 2003-11 > 1068297963

Subject: Re: [DNA] Celtic and Atlantic Modal Cluster
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 08:26:03 EST


This is off topic and I wanted to warn David and others what might be

In all likelihood you did not do anything wrong or even know this person.
There are virus/Internet worms that steal email addresses and subject lines and
send out their own spam. For example it might have found your address and
subject line in someone else's email program (ie - Outlook). It created an email
with your name in the From line and your subject line, placed it's own ad (porn,
Viagra, etc..) in the subject. And then send it out to thousands of random
addresses. There are many variations.

It is also possible for these things to snatch email address from anywhere on
a computer such as a Word document, attach a random subject line ("Here's the
info you want"), and send it to a database of random victims.

I am a computer guy with antivirus programs and firewalls. It happened to me
twice - that I know of. I have AOL and about a year ago my account was
blocked. I contacted AOL and found out that a massive mailing (tens of thousands)
went out under my address within a couple minutes. AOL has controls that can spot
and stop these things. They blocked my account and changed my password before
it could be used again. Somewhere along the line I got an official looking
"invalid password" message when I logged on. Thinking I made a mistake I typed
it in again. The message was fake and it stole my password and that's how it
took control later. When I looked back in my 'Sent items" list I discovered what
had gone out under my name. You may want to do the same.

So - beware and be aware.

Bill Davenport

In a message dated 11/7/2003 11:42:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
I have deleted the name of this person, who I have never contacted
personally, and really wonder what put a bee in their bonnet. The subject line clearly
indicates that it has to do with a posting on this List - but I have no idea
whatsoever what prompted the bizarre response - other than a severe psychiatric
problem. Has anyone else received a reply of this nature? I have reported
the situation to our Listmaster Ann.

David F.

Your email does not provide a functioning opt-out feature, and that
qualifies what you're doing as SPAM. You can, and will, be sued if you
contact me again.

Have a nice day!

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