Email question.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Mike M., Jul 5, 2013.

  1. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Got an email from someone and I have no clue as to who this person is. Always leary of opening these things up, because with all the scams (virus, identity theft) it could lead to trouble.

    Any idea as to find out what's going on without opening it?

    Pardon my ignorance....I've never been a computer person.
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I could be wrong, but I think you should be able to open the email without consequence so long as you do not open any files that may be attached.
    Ive opened many an unknown email without problems.
  3. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
  4. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Later I'm going to check out what you've provided. I still don't have a clue who this person is.

    Thanks guys.
  5. duff beer

    duff beer

    Dec 2, 2007
    If you don't know who it is, delete it. How often does a complete stranger contact you via email for an important issue?
  6. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    Hmmm. Not sure what to make of this. When I typed in the email address it came back BAD. But then part of it was (using my name for example); mike_@.

    But when I typed in (again, using my name); mike@ without that lower line after the name it came back good.

    I dunno.
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    My opinion? Delete the e-mail. It is not legit.

  8. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    I just deleted it. Thanks, bro!
  9. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Inactive

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    This is incorrect. Depending on the maliciousness intent of the sender, and whether your email client displays email in full html or not, just opening a dangerous email can start an auto-run javascript program to install something in the backgroud; often completely without your knowledge.
  10. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    Meh, my computer is doing alright.
  11. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    The name of that sender is still not ringing any bells. So it had to be something that wasn't good contained in that email.

    It's history now!
  12. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Hell, I don't even open emails from people I know if there's something fishy in the title.
  13. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Hell yes you can get it from just opening an email.

    Glad you deleted it.
  14. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    turn off auto-run!
  15. It wasn't an important issue but I was glad when, a few years back, a person I found on a forum responded to my email query asking for his opinion on an audio interface, despite the fact that we were complete strangers. So, once in a blue moon, such a mail may not be malicious.

    Yet, obviously, I won't say I disagree with the fact that a fishy looking email is best deleted unopened.
  16. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Second that theory. At 200+ per day during the work week I open maybe 70% knowing that a lot of my friends and coworkers send useless crap and bad jokes. When I see "FW" in the subject, it's usually gone.
  17. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
  18. MarkMgibson

    MarkMgibson Guest

    Oct 24, 2012
    Brisbane, Australia
    It was probably just spam, but if you have a good AV program, there's no reason not to open an email. Good antivirus programs scan emails as they're downloaded, so you're pretty safe. I'm a bit more careful about attachments though; if I don't know what they are or who they're from, I don't open them (they're usually just crap anyway).