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Send your own fake mail - part 2

Ok, so now you're connected. You need to enter the following information - press ENTER at each new line. You won't be able to press backspace to delete a mistake, so you'll need to type everything correctly first time!

HELO whitehouse.gov
This tells the mail server that we are "whitehouse.gov".
MAIL FROM: <bush@whitehouse.gov>
This tells the server who is sending the mail.
RCPT TO: <dummy@deadfake.com>
This tells the server who to deliver the mail to. At this point, if the recipient doesn't exist, you may see a warning message (but not always).
DATA
This tells the server that we're ready to start writing our message. It should acknowledge, telling you to end your message with a full stop (period) on a single line. All we need to do now, is write our message and don't forget that full stop at the end.
Hello dummy@deadfake, I managed to send a fake mail all by myself!
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Dont forget that last dot. When you've done that, and pressed enter, simply enter QUIT and your mail should be delivered.

There's a little bit more to it, of course. You'll need to enter proper "headers" if you want the mail to look more believable. After doing the DATA command, I'd recommend pasting in the following "headers" to make sure it looks realistic when viewed in Outlook, Hotmail, etc.

Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 12:49:13 +0100 (BST)
From: George W Bush <bush@whitehouse.gov>
To: Poor Sod <poor_sod@gullible.com>
Subject: Fake mail

Hello dummy@deadfake, I managed to send a fake mail all by myself!
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And that's all there is to it.