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Old 10-15-2019, 02:49 PM   #1
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[SOLVED] Stop Spam Phone Bills


Every Month I get an email from no-reply@vodaphone in my gmail account. The account is <firstname.lastname@gmail.com>. Neither name is particularly common, but there was a 'fashion' for the first name around the time I was born. I knew of 6 people in this city with my first & last names in the 1970s. The city only had a million or so at the time.

I never had an account with vodaphone, a poor mobile carrier IMO. I can't find a live email for vodaphone.ie to return it to.

Can someone with White/Grey/Black Hat capabilities find me a few live email addresses in vodafone.ie, please so I can start returning them? I'm pretty sure someone entered his gmail address wrong.

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Old 10-15-2019, 04:57 PM   #2
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Go to:

https://n.vodafone.ie/support.html

Enter your email and click on: "I forgot my password"

It will email you instructions. After you login, change the email address to hillary@crowdstrike_server.ukraine, or whatever your favorite fake email address is. Problem solved.
 
Old 10-15-2019, 06:45 PM   #3
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Look in the headers for an unsubscribe link.
Report the email to the sending ISP as spam., which it may well be.
 
Old 10-15-2019, 08:48 PM   #4
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I second the suggestion to look at the email headers.

You may find that the visible "from" is spoofed and the email is actually from some entirely different ip address.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 05:18 AM   #5
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Go to:

https://n.vodafone.ie/support.html

Enter your email and click on: "I forgot my password"

It will email you instructions. After you login, change the email address to hillary@crowdstrike_server.ukraine, or whatever your favorite fake email address is. Problem solved.
I tried that. It then requests the phone number, which I don't have.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 05:31 AM   #6
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Look in the headers for an unsubscribe link.
Report the email to the sending ISP as spam., which it may well be.
They don't have an unsubscribe link, it's not promotional email. I did find a postmaster address and sent one off there. Let's hope.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 06:20 AM   #7
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I bet it's got nothing to do with Vodafone. It's just a scammer hoping to get money out of you.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 10:32 AM   #8
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They don't have an unsubscribe link, it's not promotional email. I did find a postmaster address and sent one off there. Let's hope.
Reporting UCE:
  1. Get the IP address of the last (topmost) Received: header
  2. whois that IP -- get an abuse address
  3. send the entire email including headers to that abuse address -- often abuse@; seldom postmaster@
That last step can be a bit tricky. If using a GUI client, one usually has to "view source" and copy-paste from there. We do it with a perl script that reads the file (Maildir file) on disk and writes to the email being created.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 02:40 PM   #9
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Send the email to Vodafone customer support but expect, as mentioned above, it may be just spam.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 02:49 PM   #10
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I'd stop no reply emails with a gmail filter word.

I bet "Vodaphone" or " vodaphone" would cure that rickey tick.

Forwarding them < the phones >. I would not bother.
Neither the emails either.

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Old 10-16-2019, 03:26 PM   #11
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I bet it's got nothing to do with Vodafone. It's just a scammer hoping to get money out of you.
Hardly. It's been going for years, but I just deleted them, slightly pissed off. It's some guys bill, they email him he's going to be late, but his bank order comes through.
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Reporting UCE:

Get the IP address of the last (topmost) Received: header
whois that IP -- get an abuse address
send the entire email including headers to that abuse address -- often abuse@; seldom postmaster@
I'll probably go that road. No white/black hat types here - all clean stuff.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 03:31 PM   #12
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Bah! I can't mark a thread in General Solved. This might go on forever.
 
Old 10-16-2019, 09:20 PM   #13
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Maybe you could edit the original post in "Go Advanced" and put the word "Solved" in the Subject line.
 
  


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