Monday, September 9, 2013

How I Authenticate Email With Scammers

A few days ago I got a request from an email service.  It didn't say WHICH email service; it was just "a" email service.

They said they're cleaning up accounts and wanted me to authenticate mine.

Of course 'they' do.

Well, here's how I 'authenticate' an email account for a scammer, regardless of who/what/when/where and why that scammer is.

First, their email to me; then my somewhat diplomatic (not) response.

From: E-mail Accout Service <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 3:56 PM
Subject: # Dear Valued Member Account Owner!!!!,‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏

# Dear Valued Member Account Owner!!!!,‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏‏

This message comes from your (EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER) messaging admin center to All E-mail Account owners. We are currently improving our Database and E-mail Account Center and creating more certainty for our Legal Service clients.

At this moment we are upgrading our data base so that there will be more space for new customers and increasing the surf on the Internet. To prevent your Email address not to be de-activated and to enable it upgraded, you need to assist us by sending the information below to enable us upgrade it,

so that your email account status were flect in our database as a very active, useful and legal email account.Do send to us the below information to enable us upgrade your Account, else your email account will lost in a short time.

First Name:                    
Last Name:                    
Date of Birth:                
Email Address:             
E-mail password           
Alternative Email:        
WARNING!!! E-MAIL OWNERS who refuses to upgrade his or her account within Five days after notification of this update will permanently be deleted from our data base and can also lead to malfunctioning of the client or user's account and we will not be responsible for loosing our account.

Thanks for your understanding as it is geared towards serving you better.
Webmail Support Team
Warning Code:

And now, my notion of "authentication" (kids, don't try this at home unless your computer is ready for the junk heap):

Here you go, as requested.  If this doesn't work for you, go ahead and shut off my email  ;-)
First Name:                    Phuck  
Last Name:                     Ewe
Country:                         Liechtenstein
City:                               Vaduz
Date of Birth:                 2-29-72
Email Address:              you already know that
E-mail password            yomamasucksyodick
Alternative Email: 

Five days and plus later, my email still works....surprised? 

I'm not   ;-)

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Blogger Sandee said...

Not surprised at all. Not at all.

I get one that tells me I have a bad ip address. I've been getting it for weeks and weeks.

Have a terrific day. My best to Seymour. ☺

09 September, 2013 10:56  
Blogger Right Truth said...

Well this is a new one. No way you would fall for it

Right Truth

09 September, 2013 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received the following, which it´s clearly another way of pishing:
Your email have been reported for sending spam messages (Email Messages Containing Banned Or Illegal Content) You are to authenticate your email address to avoid immediate termination of your email account. Click on the below link to authenticate your email account.
Click Here To Authenticate
Failure to comply will result to permanent termination of your email account
Webmail Service Provider
Further on I look for the message code and this came up:
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1081
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2800.1081
Then I google the mail of the sender :
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24 September, 2013 21:48  

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