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    Hi,
    surely some or all of you get spam emails with the following or similar content:

    Our date is for tonite tsm ycbxtwprqztbihg top gud Coach.

    I have also seen those foolish combination of letters in some search results at google and altavista.
    Could anybody here explain what the reason is for those figures?

    carneol

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    The random text is meant to fool spam filters.. it may be unique to your message. Sometimes this works, sometimes not.

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    Yes it is there to fool the spam filters. It also immeadiately identifies the email as spam when you see all this crap in the subject. Shows how stupid spammers are.
    I am thinking about printing out all my viagra spams for a month and sending them to pfizer. A major manufacturer should not allow there company to be represented like this.

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    May also be tracking code in case you reply they mark you "live".

    Specially HTML Emails with images, they can be crafted like

    src="/image.gif/tt5rr54343423e"

    Where tt5rr54343423e is unique key to your email on database.

    When the image is pulled from the server your email is marked "live" for the next round of spam.....

    Sad eh?

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    One reason I use Eudora instead of Outlook Express is that you can turn off the MS HTML renderer and disable remote loading images, so that stops the spammers from knowing the email address is active.

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    Thanks for all the answers. Yes in some of them are pics encluded, so I think it is both: fooling spam filters and tracking.

    carneol

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    I always wondered what those random letters and numbers were for! I figured it must have something to do with trying to track their victims, and I've always been told to never respond to, send a remove request, or open any spam messages.

    I think they also use a 1x1 invisible pixel to track whether it's been opened or not.

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    Can't wait till the good old USA locks up a few of these spammers. Having them explain how they got busted would be a real laugh in prison and make them into sought after bunkmates.

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    GRAB YOUR ANKLES SPAMMER!

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    so your saying just opening the spam email with remote image loading will let the spammer know you are "active"? tricky! tricky! tricky!

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    This article explains how that's done:
    http://www.zend.com/zend/trick/html-email.php

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    that's why i never open my spam. gets deleted straight away in mailwasher before it even gets onto my computer. Doesn't seem to keep them from sending my stuff even if i don't show live for them.

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