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Is This Type Of An Email Really A Spam Attack?
JackInCT - 19-11-2015 at 22:53

Is This Type Of An Email Really A Spam Attack?

Every once in a while I get an unsolicited email where BOTH the sender and the subject blocks have a dot/period between each word.

Image file attached re today's email where this occurred.

A Google type search shows that there is a legitimate website with this name, and there were NO heads up type hits saying that the site name has been used to attempt to confuse the recipient re a spam attack attempt.

But the dots between the words leaves me feeling uneasy that it is spam since it is so rare for me to receive an email constructed like this.

My search also could not come up with ANY hits re these dots being used as a spam tactic, but that my be due to my choice of search words.

It is my practice NOT to open such emails just to see what the body of the email contains (never mind NOT EVER clicking on any links in it once I see the message).

Anyone have an information on what the significance of these dots between the words is?

LSemmens - 20-11-2015 at 00:43

If it looks like spam, smells like spam, and tastes like spam, guess what, it IS spam. Is the message from an organisation with whom you have dealings? Most likely it's just junk mail from some mob who might be offering a genuine service, or fishing for a valid email addy. If you don't recognise it, and the construction of the header leaves you uneasy, delete it.

Katzy - 20-11-2015 at 12:09

Those dots are sometimes used by people who use DOS, because DOS has problems with spaces. You have to use speech marks, to cover those So, a file on C: named "this file" would have to be accessed by using "C:this file", rather than just as C:this file.

Some people use dots, some use underscores. C:this_file

I'd just name it ThisFile, myself.

Worth remembering, too, that on the interwebz, case matters. On Windoze, it doesn't. On the net, this forum is http://www.karlsforums.com. If you typed the "karl" part as "Karl", it'd fail.

But, that's just an aside. As Leigh said, if it has webbed feet and quacks, it's likely to be a duck. The very fact that it's about timeshare screams "SPAM!", too.

JackInCT - 20-11-2015 at 14:37

Originally posted by Katzy
....The very fact that it's about timeshare screams "SPAM!", too.

I, personally, break down "spam" into two categories, (1) an unsolicited advertisement for some product/service (from some vendor who you've never dealt with), & (2) an attempt to load some kind of malware onto my PC (either simply by opening the email itself, and that will occur, or by clicking on a link in the email).

I posted this topic wondering if using the dots between the words was some kind of a (new to me) tactic/strategy to defeat either my webmail antivirus gear, or my own, or possibly simply to defeat my webmail algorithm junk mail detection gear.

Putting those periods between the words took extra work on the part of the sender to do that, i. e., it was, in all likelihood, not some digital quirk that occurred; there was a conscious purpose to it. And since it is a very atypical layout for a message, it must have been very important to the sender to engage in that practice. Bottom line: what is the sender trying to do? My bottom line: Knowledge (keeping up with) About Various & Sundry Digital Trickery Is Power.

Katzy - 20-11-2015 at 18:55

Spam, by definition (Internet-wise), is the use of electronic messaging systems to send unsolicited messages, especially advertising, as well as posting messages, repeatedly, on the same site, which are pointless.

The spreading of malware, via e-mail, isn't Spam, technically. At a guess (A VERY wild guess), perhaps the system used to send the Spam is DOD based? Perhaps even done by a simple batch file, even?

LSemmens - 20-11-2015 at 22:54

So, Katzy, are you saying that the Department Of Defence is behind all the spam???shocked_yellow Come to think of it, may well be right, I think there'd be a few million soldiers, who would agree. ;)

Katzy - 21-11-2015 at 12:06

Shhh... They might be watching... :D