[svfig-open] One Stop Shopping
forther at comcast.net
Thu Sep 25 10:20:55 PDT 2003
Utterly amazing spam/scam?
<Drew Dean <ddean at csl.sri.com>>
Thu, 11 Sep 2003 17:03:37 -0700 (PDT)
I've recently received 2 spams from the same people. In one message,
they offer: (1) heroin, (2) "Tomohawk" [sic] rockets, (3) cocaine,
(4) (sex) slaves, (5) counterfeit currency, and (6) child pornography,
among other commodities. Their "special offers" are rather beyond
The mail itself appears to have been sent from Japan, based on
headers added by SRI's mailservers. (Or they're perfect forgeries,
extremely unlikely for reasons I won't go into here.) The URL in the
message goes to a Web site for which the whois database gives
in Thailand, but the server itself physically appears to be in
least according to traceroute). (Why I am not surprised that these
are downstream from Global Crossing?) Tracking down contact e-mail
takes a detour via Latin America, but would seem to eventually end
Missouri, although with Arizona contact information. There's a US
number to call the spam-list manager, and a mailing address in Florida.
Now, I can't imagine anyone actually responding to this: (1) it could
be a sting operation, although that's kind of hard to imagine. "Your
Honor, I didn't really expect a missile, but I wanted to see what
they'd send me instead...." (2) As you'd be committing a felony, you
can't go to law enforcement if the deal goes wrong, hence the
prevalence of violent crime among criminals. However, this requires
that you be able to find the other party....
It's also worth noting that the price of illegal narcotics depends
greatly on where you are in the world: smugglers demand risk pay.
It's not at all clear where these people are offering delivery.
Meta-RISK: How many e-mail filters will this message trip?
Drew Dean, Computer Science Laboratory, SRI International
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