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    RUVG94.VBqGSKIQBNFY0CQi

    That is an email address, but it's apparently encoded and I'd like to figure out the encoding so I can replace it with another email address.

    I know it's NOT Mime64 because my decoder barked at me for attempting to make it process that line.

    Been getting quite a few emails with that as the email address.
    Furcadia, an interesting online MMORPG in which you can create and program your own content.

  • #2
    Are you sure it is actually an email address and not just some bit of random text generated by a spammer?
    What sort of emails?
    Is there an "X-Mailer:" header in the email or some other indicator of what mail program is generating the email?

    Where does that appear as "the address". It's not in accordance with any RFC. No mail server will be able to interpret that.

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    • #3
      To: "QIUBNYRUVGCv3LUw" <[email protected]>

      The length of the garbage is the same every time that particular email address comes up, it's an encoding of some sort.
      Furcadia, an interesting online MMORPG in which you can create and program your own content.

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      • #4
        You called it. It is garbage.

        You get an e-mail from "QIUBNYRUVGCv3LUw". You mark as spam.

        You get another e-mail from different garbage (same real user) your anti-spam program lets it through because it "thinks" it is from someone else, not the previous spammer.

        Don't try to decode, just delete!
        Dale

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        • #5
          Wait a minute, you said "To:" is "mysite.com" an open relay?
          Dale

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          • #6
            "To: ...." is not used by the email system. It is an "information" header inside the DATA section of the email and can contain anything the originator chooses to put there (or nothing at all).
            The part in quotes preceeding the address ( <....>) itself is also purely for information purposes and again can contain anything the originator wants.

            IOW, it's almost certainly not an encoded email address. Just a bit of random text.
            And "<[email protected]> " in the To: field is no guarantee that the email was actually sent to [email protected].

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            • #7
              Guys, I was using a fictitious email address ok?

              And it is the SAME string for each email address that the spam is being sent to, no variations, I actually COULD filter based on that but would rather figure out the coding and hoist the spammer by his britches by converting his email address into that string.
              Furcadia, an interesting online MMORPG in which you can create and program your own content.

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              • #8
                Or it could just be random text and there is no encoding, which is MOST LIKELY the case. What spammer in their right mind would actually give their real info so they can be traced.
                <b>George W. Bleck</b>
                <img src='http://www.blecktech.com/myemail.gif'>

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by colin glenn View Post
                  And it is the SAME string for each email address that the spam is being sent to, no variations, ...
                  In that case, chances are it encodes the address it's being sent to. That way, if the recipient were to reply from some other address, the spammer would still know which address they'd sent it to.

                  I've seen similar things using a simple substitution cipher for the encoding. The ciphertext would be too short to decode except that punctuation showed as punctuation and letters as letters. Maybe your encoded text uses capital letters for letters and other characters for punctuation?
                  Dan

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