As I surf the web I see quite a lot of articles and websites dedicated to online business scams, where webmasters prey on unsuspecting people and get them to join opportunities that do not live up to the advertising on the sales page. What a lot of people don’t realize is that websites can also fall victim to the unscrupulous people using the web. They can be spoofed!
Just this week I had to take steps to try and stop a Canadian male enhancement company from spoofing my domain email addresses.
What is spoofing? Wikipedia describes it like this;
“Spoofing is a term used to describe fraudulent email activity in which the sender address and other parts of the email header are altered to appear as though the email originated from a different source.
E-mail spoofing is a technique commonly used for spam e-mail and phishing to hide the origin of an e-mail message. By changing certain properties of the e-mail, such as the From, Return-Path and Reply-To fields (which can be found in the message header), ill-intentioned users can make the e-mail appear to be from someone other than the actual sender. It is often associated with website spoofing which mimic an actual, well-known website but are run by another party either with fraudulent intentions or as a means of criticism of the organization’s activities. The result is that, although the e-mail appears to come from the email indicated in the “From” field (found in the email headers) it actually comes from another e-mail address, probably the same one indicated in the “Reply To” field; if the initial e-mail is replied to, the delivery will be sent to the “Reply To” e-mail, that is, to the spammer’s email.”
It has cost me a lot of hours in research, forum posts and hard work just to stop this particular spoofing incident. The most annoying part about this episode is that the fix is only a temporary one. There seems to be nothing anyone can do to permanently stop spoofers. I really hate it when the “bad guys” continue to win!
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