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"Test message" e-mail
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:48:49 PM »
I've four similar but rather strange e-mails today: from random senders, with titles containing the word Test and an 8-character code, and contents consisting of a few unrelated sentences. It looks to me like a spammer testing a database of addresses to see whether they bounce. Has anyone else had any of these?

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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2014, 12:00:33 AM »
What e-mial provider are you using? G-mail?
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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2014, 12:24:39 AM »
"Test mesage 257499V?"
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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2014, 12:32:02 AM »
It seems our probes have been successful. Initiate the death tetrahedron!
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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2014, 06:39:01 AM »
What e-mial provider are you using? G-mail?
Not G-mail. These messages went variously to 2 different personal addresses with Orange, a society committee address at Cambridge University, and an out-of-date work address. Three quite different domains.

"Test mesage 257499V?"
Yes, that's exactly the sort of thing.

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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2014, 09:05:07 AM »
Probably just the NSA or GCHQ.
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Re: "Test message" e-mail
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2014, 02:12:03 PM »
Aye - I got one to the Cam email. I guess you're right, likely to be testing for bounces.
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