RIAA Email

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Sheimi, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Sheimi

    Sheimi A cute Vixen!

    Oct 22, 2009
    United States
    Ok, my grandpa recieved an email from the RIAA. This email was sent to various people from looking at the "To:"

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The attachment has a .exe and Kaspersky has removed the .exe file. Since there is more of a space between illicit and Internet, I can say this is a fake email. Has anyone got this email? Wouldn't the RIAA send us a legit letter through the mail?
  2. Smuff

    Smuff Fossilized Gamer

    Jul 29, 2006
    By the sea
    Don't take this as surefire legal advice, but IMO that doesn't look, or read, quite official enough to be from the RIAA. I'm calling "phish".
  3. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    That it totally fabricated. XD
  4. Devante

    Devante Crescent fresh at best.

    Nov 29, 2002
    United States
    Having an attachment in the first place screams scam to me, let alone an .EXE file.
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  5. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    It is obviously a scam for several reasons (exe attachment and that no professional email like this should ever be CCed (BCC if you are barely competent and a proper mailing list otherwise) being the big two) and were I to feel like being a pain I would try to figure out some of the email addresses that have tails dangling but I do not.

    I did however want to say if you are going to ask about a potential scam email then do also post up as much of the email header as you can. Various clients display it in various ways but it should contain info that will usually make or break the potential scam (the rise of webmail and such as well as more traditional email falsification methods are still in play and even the cheap and cheerful methods* can defeat a casual scanthrough but that is a different matter)
    http://whatismyipaddress.com/email-header has some of the basics here.

    * http://deadfake.com/Send.aspx for example
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  6. smile72

    smile72 NewsBot

    Sep 23, 2010
    This is a scam, the .exe attachment is the biggest give away.
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  7. Nimbus

    Nimbus sudo /usr/bin make-me-a-coffee --nosugar --cream=1

    Nov 1, 2009
    Probably being lazy.
    The RIAA would never send it like that to multiple persons. They'd send individual emails, or at least that is my suspicion. Thats givaway #1

    Givaway #2 is the lack of propper formatting and the abundant spaces.

    Givaway #3, and the surfire one is the .exe file.

    This email is bogus. Delete it nao.
  8. velvet4269

    velvet4269 Newbie

    Feb 17, 2012
    United States
    I joined just so I could post to this thread - I received this email myself, only it was addressed to someone else, with my email included. Yahoo put it in my spam mail box. Here's the header info from mine (with my email and the first part of the email of who supposedly sent it removed):

    X-Apparently-To: [MY_EMAIL_HERE] via; Thu, 16 Feb 2012 17:38:30 -0800
    User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-GB; rv: Gecko/20080213 Thunderbird/
    X-Accept-Language: en-us
    MIME-Version: 1.0