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Desperate Scammers Become Desperate Spammers
The criminals who keep launching Denial of Service attacks have found a new way to waste innocent people's time while trying to damage the FPA's reputation.
As I write this, they are sending out thousands of spam messages. These have subject lines like...
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and have message bodies like...
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These messages aren't originating from the FPA. All FPA mailings use a double opt in list with a real unsubscribe link, not a link to the broker's review page. The FPA would never risk its reputation doing unsolicited mailings like these.
This is a deliberate attempt to get FPA email addresses into spam databases. These criminals also hope that it generates complaints to the FPA's web hosts. It's a primitive form of attack, called a Joe Job. Most webhosting companies are smart enough to want top see the full email headers before taking any action. The headers clearly show that these messages aren't coming from any place associated with the FPA.
I'm seeing IP addresses from 171.25.200.xxx in the message headers I've examined so far.
To see information on the origin of the term Joe Job, you can check it out at Wikipedia...
I don't know which scam company or group of companies are behind these attacks. The amount of money spent on Denial of Service attacks is very large. The means that it is probably a broker or a group of brokers. The most likely suspects would be companies that have an FPA Scam Finding and are still in business. You can see those here...
This is another reason not to do business with any of these companies. It appears that some of them are now using client funds to pay cyber criminals to spam innocent people.