Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 13 - Spam, Spam,
Learning More about Spam
There is a program readily available over the
Internet known as Sam Spade (www.samspade.org). 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.
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