Is Advice to Open Suspect Emails Risky?

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A website run by the trade association for the UK payments
industry solicits copies of phishing emails.The site says:

"Forwarding your suspect email: Open the suspect email, click
the forward button, and send it to the following email
address: ...."

Surely this procedure would, at least, risk confirming to the
phisherman that one's own email address really exists?
Apart from that and as far as I know, one would be OK provided
one didn't open any attachment. I'm curious to know whether
in fact other known risks attach to opening a suspect email?
Clearly the answer depends on the software environment -
for the sake of argument let's say Outlook Express, with
default settings, under up-to-date Windows XP with anti-virus
and firewall software in place.

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Thanks.

Dick K

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How do you think the sender knows what you do with his email?

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Oh well...

Geo

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Geo wrote:
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See "Block Images" here:

http://www.microsoft.com/protect/yourself/email/spam.mspx

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I don't use Outlook Express. I was not concerned about dangers
to my own system but curious about potential risks to others
who rely on what I would expect to be to a popular environment.

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Dick K wrote:
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Don't open it, attach it to a new message. Let them open it, if they
wish to risk that it's more than merely phishing.

I haven't used OE in a long time, but if IIRC, right click on the mail
header opens a menu that offers "Foward" as an option. Clicking on that
will place the mail in the Send queue without opening it.

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HTH

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Wolf Kirchmeir

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Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:

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Thanks. As it happens I don't use OE either and I'd never open
a suspect email.  I was concerned that the website is suggesting
what seems to me to be a dangerous procedure and curious about
the potential risks to users who run in what I would guess to be
a popular environment.

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Dick K

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Many modern email clients block access to images until you okay them, which
would block the sender from having any way of knowing that you'd opened the
email (to forward it). Don't know whether outlook express does as I've not
used it for many many years.

Forward as an attachment would be better anyway, because it preserves the
email headers which would allow the source of the email to be traced.
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Brian Cryer
www.cryer.co.uk/brian


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On Fri, 14 Nov 2008 17:08:40 -0000, "Brian Cryer"

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OE6 can forward messages without opening them...

All the best,
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Kenneth

If you email... Please remove the "SPAMLESS."

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Kenneth wrote:
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Thanks, but please see my reply to Wolf Kirchmeir. I
was trying to ask a general question - what are the
potential risks associated with simply opening a suspect
email? I cited web-beacons and attachments with malicious
payloads, though mentioning the the latter was a mistake
because they themselves have to be opened to become
hazardous. I was curious to know whether there were
other "drive by" dangers one might expose one's system
to by merely opening a suspect email in a not uncommon
environment?

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Dick K

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Brian Cryer wrote:
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Thanks, but please see my reply to Wolf Kirchmeir. I
was trying to ask a general question - what are the
potential risks associated with simply opening a suspect
email? I cited web-beacons and attachments with malicious
payloads, though mentioning the the latter was a mistake
because they themselves have to be opened to become
hazardous. I was curious to know whether there were
other "drive by" dangers one might expose one's system
to by merely opening a suspect email in a not uncommon
environment?

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Dick K

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Dick K wrote:
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I think it's safe if you open as text. Hotmail by default will not
display graphics or open attachments unless from 'safe' senders.
Dave Cohen

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Dave Cohen wrote:
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Thanks. As far as I know you are correct.

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Dick K

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