Did a friend really send me this? How do you decode where a spam email came from?

@TheHorse (75162)
Walnut Creek, California
October 13, 2018 12:13pm CST
I just got one of those "I just thought you want to see this (link)" emails, ostensibly from a friend. Of course I didn't open the link. When I hit reply, the following came up: (my friend's name)273@ast.uct.ac.za. I assume it wouldn't be too hard to figure out where the email came from, but I don't know how to do it. Do you sometimes get email from "friends" that aren't really from friends? Has your name ever been used? I think my actual email address was used a few years ago. I just changed my password.
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@vandana7 (69047)
• India
13 Oct
I have no clue. One thing is certain, if you receive such a mail from me, you can always confirm from me, through email. Evil Grin. LOL
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
I recognize your emails. You always say something obnoxious.
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@vandana7 (69047)
• India
14 Oct
@TheHorse What to do, I have no choice but to be honest...
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct
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@amadeo (78702)
• United States
13 Oct
No I have not.Maybe some one here can be of help
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
My hunch is that either @DaddyEvil or @JolietJake will be able to ID the country it came from.
@amadeo (78702)
• United States
13 Oct
@TheHorse Okay and thank you.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
@amadeo Thanks for checking in!
@wolfgirl569 (13897)
• Marion, Ohio
13 Oct
I dont seem to get them anymore. But I do get the ones trying to pose as my credit card company or paypal. I just forward them to the fraud section of which ever one they are trying to impersonate.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
Yes, I still get those now and again. I do the same thing.
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
14 Oct
.za is for accounts originating in South Africa according to one source I checked. When I get one of those "Check out this link" e-mails I delete it right away, too.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
South Africa. Is that becoming a new "scam central"?
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@DWDavis (15874)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
15 Oct
@TheHorse Could be. I find it best to delete any email from a source I don't recognize and trust.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
@DWDavis I do the same.
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@myklj999 (20980)
14 Oct
Hmmm...the suffix ast.uct.ac.za. seems to be for this:
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Dec
Gosh. Maybe it was something about astronomy and I should have checked it out!
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@vandana7 (69047)
• India
13 Dec
I always loved this avatar of your JJ. :) Ok...just saying what makes you think the University of Cape Town does not have a spammer in there?
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@myklj999 (20980)
13 Dec
@vandana7 What makes you think I think that?
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct
There are some really good free ip address tracers, pony... Here is the one I've used when something about the email seems "off". It gives easy to follow instructions (for me). If you have any trouble understanding the steps there, please let me know. I'll do everything I can to help you with it.
This tool finds the sender's IP address of an email by parsing the email's headers. Copy/Paste the headers of an email and submit to see the source IP and location.
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@vandana7 (69047)
• India
16 Oct
You mean to say you traced me down to Nigeria? These days I can keep nothing as secret...damn the Internet..evil grin
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct
@vandana7 Now, I very carefully didn't say whose email I felt the need to trace, vanny... You just gave yourself away to all the nice folks here on myLot!
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Dec
@vandana7 Are you Barrister Mbalo?
@GardenGerty (105496)
• United States
14 Oct
I do not get those in the e mail, currently. At least not too often. I would have marked it spam.
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@vandana7 (69047)
• India
16 Oct
He has been flirting too much...somebody is testing waters whether he is serious..
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Dec
@vandana7 Someone from South Africa?
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Dec
Yeppers, I deleted it pretty quickly.
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@debjani1 (3941)
14 Oct
No I don't get such type of email from my friend.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Dec
I reckon that's good. Many of us do.
@debjani1 (3941)
7 Dec
@TheHorse then no need to take tension.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Dec
@debjani1 Some take them seriously when they do get them. But I've seen them before, so I just delete them.
@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
14 Oct
I sure do. I usually let the friend know so they can check their passwords and redo them for security sake. If that would help any.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Dec
I don't even bother doing that anymore.
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@celticeagle (121067)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Dec
@TheHorse .......I don't either.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Dec
@celticeagle It's as common as finding dog poop on a hiking trail.
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@LadyDuck (189000)
• Switzerland
14 Oct
When in doubt, I check always where the mail comes from. It's so easy to "forge" an email to make you think it comes from one of your contacts.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
If it says, "I thought you might like this," with no further text, I know it's BS.
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@LadyDuck (189000)
• Switzerland
15 Oct
@TheHorse I use gmail and I know how to check where the email really comes from. If the message was really sent by your friend, may be he thought it's a funny sign.
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@andriaperry (63932)
• Anniston, Alabama
13 Oct
I have a business email, and I can say that more and more I am getting spam. I do not email many people, most of my online friends are here and facebook. Family calls me soooo... .. Hey wait! that sounds sad. "Shrugs" Nope I am all good.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
Eh. I'm always a bit sad. State of the world, you know.
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct
@TheHorse Only if you think too hard about too many things that are or have been going on... I do my best to ignore most things!
@JudyEv (142050)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Oct
Hopefully someone will chime in and tell us all.
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
16 Oct
I posted a link in my response to pony that explains how to find an email header and gives the search tool to see where the email really came from, if it's possible. If the email is really a spam email, then the sender probably didn't make it easy to trace him/her, though. *shrug* There is only so much people can do, even with the training a professional gets.
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@Corbin5 (123110)
• United States
13 Oct
I do not recall getting any emails from 'friends" like the one you received.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
They're blessed.
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@akalinus (22987)
• United States
6 Dec
I get that a lot. I recognize the name of a friend and a link with no information where it came from. I direct them all to the spam file where they get deleted in 30 days or sooner if I do it.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Dec
Yep.
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@DaddyEvil (26321)
• Aurora, Missouri
13 Dec
@akalinus OH! So that's whats been happening to all the emails I send you, huh?
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@akalinus (22987)
• United States
15 Dec
@DaddyEvil I keep your emails but you owe me one about what is and will be going on. You've been keeping me in the dark.
@arunima25 (10226)
• Bangalore, India
13 Oct
I get a lot of spam mails. In fact they outnumber the genuine mails that I get. Thankfully I receive no or few spam mails on my Gmail account
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
I think I have G-mail account. But I don't use it. Maybe I should. But aol does toss most of the garbage emails into my SPAM folder.
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@arunima25 (10226)
• Bangalore, India
13 Oct
@TheHorse Yahoo also tosses it in spam folder but many a times a genuine mail goes to spam folder while a spam one is still sitting there in my inbox.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Oct
@arunima25 Yep, I've pluked some non-spams out of the spam folder. Usually it's from a retailer that I DO trust and patronize.
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@Mavic123456 (16432)
• Thailand
7 Dec
yup, I was once a victim of it and I opened it. and it was a virus... my hard disk was wiped out I cried... lol
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Dec
What did it say? What made you think it was "real"?
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@Mavic123456 (16432)
• Thailand
7 Dec
@TheHorse I was expecting a package and I was sent this UPS tracking number then... kaboom.. my hard disk went crazy I have to buy an antivirus from this site and so on... so I just reformatted my laptop. what's bad is all the software that I installed there were all licensed including my adobe, because the IT people in school are my friends, so I took the licensed from school's we have a perpetual and unlimited number of users.
@UncleJoe (11432)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
12 Dec
I get that a lot. I can tell that somebody is using Facebook friends to make them appear real. Sometimes they use friends of friends.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
12 Dec
You think they're scoring the names from Facebook?
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@teamfreak16 (42537)
• Denver, Colorado
21 Oct
No, but someone hacked my Hotmail account last week, so they have shut it down because I don't remember the security questions. No surprise, since I set the account up back in the early 90's.
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• Croatia (Hrvatska)
14 Oct
I haven't but my e-mail has been used a lot of times by some people from Africa so, I deleted it.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
I'm not sure if mine us being used right now.
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@BarBaraPrz (21383)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
14 Oct
Yeah, I get those. Wish I got real emails from some of them.
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@TheHorse (75162)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Oct
There are people I'd like to hear from!
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