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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:06 am 
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On another web forum that I help out with, we have received posts from new members with email addresses that claim to be from “fake e-mail generators”. Namely “armyspy.com” & “einrot.com”.

It looks like a spam attempt, but the posts are vaguely relevant. The description of the e-mail generators states that they allow receipt of mail but can’t generate mail. Then they state that they are designed to prevent spam, which seems to be the wrong way around.

Anyone got any idea what it’s about?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:10 am 
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Sounds as though they are for generating fake e-mail *addresses* rather than fake *e-mails*.
I would guess that the spam posts are not linked to the "e-mail generator" other than that the spammer has used it to generate an e-mail address to use when registering.

I've seen vaguely-relevant spam turn up before, including on UKS, and you'll often find a link hidden in the text. Hover your mouse over the post, moving across all the text.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:26 am 
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I know someone who tests spam firewalls etc & uses stuff like that to test them, that'll explain the 'used to reduce spam' comment.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:49 am 
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This reminds me of something I tried many, many moons ago. It's a way of registering for something online that requires an email address when you don't want to use your "proper" email address.

I tried it as I was getting too many "marketing" emails to my proper email. This was back when your internet provider gave you an email and that's the only one you ever had and used. Bob97439@telewest.co.uk sort of thing Pop that in eBay, Amazon, Manweb and all the other shops you buy from online and watch your inbox fill.

Not everyone can setup filters for incoming email and so finding that Xmas email from aunty Flo is frustrating. Enter this idea. A valid email address that will pass verification and can be ignored as any replies don't land on your PC and email program.

But now if you need a junk/temp email address to sign up for a specialist site/forum/shop you can just create a(nother) Gmail account. And others are available. Gmail has all the extra stuff for profiles as it mimics Facebook and all that entails though. Not quite as desposable for that exchange of nuclear power plant plans.

The sites mentioned above state you can't send emails from their domain so technically can't be used for spam. That's probably true. But any address can be spoofed to look like it sent an email. Though I expect the contents would be phishing than checking about Saab 9000s

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:21 am 
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Paul Taylor may be able to help out on this one


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:58 am 
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There are plenty of websites you can use that will give you a short term email, long enough to set up a new account on a website and receive the verification email. Once that is done the email address dies but the person has a valid login for the site in question. Just another way of not losing proper personal information when the website gets attacked and all their user details are stolen.

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