I just got an email from Gloria Minnick a few moments ago. Let me quote:
Thanks Gloria. Good to hear from you.
Gloria, and thousands of others have been receiving emails touting small stocks, sent as if they were coming from my site. Here’s the email she received. Actually, the email was an image, not a ‘real’ text message. Images can’t easily be read by computers, so they better evade spam filters which might be looking for keywords in the mail.
Gloria’s mail came from Margaret Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no Margaret Moore here nor is there a legitimate mailbox with that address.
My name is Geoff Fox and I own geofffox.com. Unfortunately, like you, I am a victim here.
In order to pass through spam filters, these creeps have become incredibly crafty! They take real domain names, like mine, and throw in made up ‘real names’ and email addresses to make their message seem more real. And, there’s nothing I can do about it. Nothing!
In fact, their message is an image – not text! Try and select letters with your mouse. You can’t. It’s all to fool the filters.
Imagine someone running all over the world saying they were Gloria – and then doing stuff like this! That’s what’s happening to me. In the case of these particular emails, where they are trying to pump up a stock, there is no trail I can find. I suspect the company touted is also an innocent bystander (though I can’t be sure).
I get dozens of (mostly) automated bouncebacks every day. I am hoping, after a while, they’ll pick on someone else. They have done that in the past.
All the best,
In the past I’ve written about changing email protocols to make email more secure. If our society’s deepest secrets will travel the Internet, and they will, we’ve got to make the Internet a whole lot safer – and soon.