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Web Stalkers
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

Learning More about Spam

There is a program readily available over the Internet known as Sam Spade (  This program is designed to help the user track e-mails received back through the route by which it came.  By making use of information contained within an e-mail header as shown in Figure 13.7 below, the originating IP address can be identified.  Of course, scammers are criminals, and they go to great lengths to cover their tracks. An e-mail’s header contains all the information necessary to track the message, but reading a header can be a daunting task.

Figure 13.7 - Sample e-mail header.


Fortunately, Sam Spade can be of assistance here as well.  Running the “Parse email headers” utility contained within the program allows the user to perform an analysis of an e-mail’s header information and yields a report containing message routing details in a user friendly format.

Figure 13.8 - Results of parsing the headers in the spam message shown earlier.


Notice the circled section in Figure 13.8.  This warning indicates there is missing information.  It does not automatically indicate a fraudulent source, but it should raise some warning flags.  Users should proceed with caution at this point.  Prior to linking to any of the sites indicated in the questionable message, it is advisable to make use of another helpful Sam Spade function. Rather than clicking on any link provided, the recipient should perform a right-click on the suspect link and select the “View Source” option.  Doing so will display a line of text indicating the actual target of the link.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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