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From: "LJCrain" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Celtic and Atlantic Modal Cluster (Off Topic)
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 10:18:49 -0600
References: <18.37b5d6a0.2cde48eb@aol.com>


Another thing you could do is try to determine the original sender of this
post, although Bill may certainly be right in his explanation. In the
Outlook Express e-mail program, highlight the message title and click on
File, then Properties. Click on details, then message source. Copy and paste
the full headers into a new message and study it carefully. It should show
X-Original Sender. This can be faked. There is software that deciphers these
messages and it works quite well in most instances. I guess it just depends
on how much time you want to spend pursuing this. I also wonder if it was
some kind of automatic response. Sometimes my spam filter mistakenly
identifies Rootsweb list messages as spam because they are mass mailed.
Maybe this person set their's up to send out this message to spammers.

Anyway, this message would upset me too.

Janet Crain


----- Original Message -----
From: <>
To: <>
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2003 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Celtic and Atlantic Modal Cluster


> David:
>
> This is off topic and I wanted to warn David and others what might be
> happening.
>
> 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,
> writes:
> 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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