Here’s a little more on the story aired by Paul Baccas on UK Government Agency wants your email scams – but is it doing it the right way? which I touched on here: http://chainmailcheck.wordpress.com/2011/02/28/scam-collection/.
SC Magazine’s Dan Raywood has confirmed, having tested, that forwarded messages generate a non-delivery notification message. However, Action Fraud claim, according to Dan, that the message doesn’t mean that the forwarded mail has been rejected, only that it goes to a holding area for spam.
Still, it doesn’t inspire confidence, and I suspect that people won’t bother to forward scams if the first one they forwarded generated a misleading bounce message.
David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow