Political attack email originates with dating scam site | VailDaily.com

Political attack email originates with dating scam site

Randy Wyrickrwyrick@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – A local political attack email came from an address implicated in an online dating scam.The email, sent from the email address srepub@aol.com, attacks Johnie Rosenfeld, running in the Republican primary against Jeff Layman. They’re vying for the Republican nomination for Eagle County commissioner.The IP address from which the blast email was generated is located near Wichita, Kansas and is implicated in, and affiliated with another IP address trying to scam recipients, said Steve Burgess with Burgess Consulting & Forensics in Santa Maria, Calif.Burgess specializes in computer forensics and data recovery.He let his fingers do a little walking and discovered the site from which the attacks came is a dating scam site that’s been involved more than once spamming people, Burgess said.They can find out easily enough where the spam attacks come from, but not who originated it, Burgess said.”It’s not likely someone could find out who initiated this,” Burgess said.Among the infamous links to that IP address is someone claiming they’re a doctor in the Deep South on eharmony.com, Burgess said.The spam hit email inboxes of several local Republicans, asking about Rosenfeld, “Is this the individual you want as your commissioner?” Attached is a story that ran in Thursday’s Vail Daily about wage disputes with some of Rosenfeld’s employees.”Who is the person that is so desperate to be anti-Rosenfeld that they would covertly obtain my email address and forward it to a known online dating scam company? Is this ’email spam sender’ a person that I should trust?” asks Andy Ball, one of those recipients.”Now that this scam artist has my email address, how else will it be misused?” Ball asked.Burgess said people should be careful and alert.”When people are getting hacked and scammed like this they become paranoid,” Burgess said. “It’s like that old saying, ‘Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you.'”Speaking of paranoia, we sent an email to srepub@aol.com asking for their side of the story. They didn’t respond.Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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