New spam: forwarded mail?

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Starting on August 28, I’ve been getting tons of email from people I don’t know, and I wasn’t in the recipient list either.  Among the messages I received were the usual e-mail messages to groups of friends as well as e-mail from websites.  Yesterday I saw a pattern when two specific recipients’ e-mail addresses were always in the To: line.

I conducted a short experiment: I created email messages to each of the two recipients, and voila, those messages ended up in my inbox!  In both cases, the user accounts were changed to forward all e-mail to me.

Is this a new type of spam, or just coincidence?

In both cases I have sent e-mail to abuse@<domain> asking them to turn off the forwarding.  We’ll see what happens.

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  1. peterhgregory Post author

    Update: Charter Communications is one of the ISPs that is involved in this e-mail forwarding. I reported this to abuse@charter.ca, and they have responded, saying that they are not going to do anything about it, because the problem did not originate from one of their IPs.

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