> -----Original Message----- > From: Max Kanat-Alexander [mailto:maxka at cats.ucsc.edu] > Sent: Tuesday, November 19, 2002 4:31 PM > To: thelist at lists.evolt.org > Subject: Re: [thelist] Returned mail that did not originate at our > organization > > > > There is another possibility that nobody's mentioned yet. > > There's a new spammer tack where they send email > with headers like > this: > > (Pretend that you're "you at yahoo.com") > > To: you at aol.com > From: you at yahoo.com > > Of course, you at aol.com doesn't exist, so aol.com > bounces back the > spammer's email to you. (And it was originally intended for > you.) For the > spammer, the best part about it is that AOL doesn't preserve > all of the > headers, so you can't trace where the email originally came from. sneeky bastards! that is a very good idea, and sounds likely. when we get another email like the one in question i'll look into that being a possibility and see if it makes sense. thanks, chris.