Someone Has Hijacked My Email Address.what Can I Do About It
Posted 24 March 2007 - 05:29 PM
Several of the returned emails are saying that the email is (<email@example.com> Considered UNSOLICITED BULK EMAIL from you )
What can I do to stop having my email address used like this.
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 06:12 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:42 PM
Your email account is finished. And if I were you, as long as I live, I'd never use it again.
I've talked about email security here and there, and the most important thing to do is to never use an email account setup for you from your isp. And another point to remember is that if you do not know the source of the email, don't clink on any links within it.................. and if you want to hear something really mind boggling, you should never even open up any emails if you don't know who it came from.
And let me give you a warning now. If you know what you know about your email address, and then you still use it, you're asking for more trouble than you thought you had.
Email security isn't hard at all, and you definitely don't need any special softwares or such... you just need to know that you can not ever give out your real email address to anyone. Let it forward to your real email address, if you want..... but reply back to it, using a different email address.
There are more ways than you think to prevent others from hijacking you, all without software intervention.
DO NOT USE THAT EMAIL ACCOUNT AGAIN!
Trust me on this one... there are plenty of FREE ones out there. As a matter of fact, there is a FREE one that will dispose of the email address after a specified period of time, automatically.
Know the facts, and protect your privacy, including your emails.
Posted 24 March 2007 - 07:46 PM
But I agree with walkman and don't ever use that email again.
Posted 24 March 2007 - 11:00 PM
Posted 24 March 2007 - 11:48 PM
But if you're going to salvage the information from your email account, do it,, then change the password... and just forget about that account. And the reason for doing that is at least you're not just letting them continue to log into your account, ... which I'm sure they've done. They may still use it to spam, but at least they'll never see the results of their selfish deeds.
If you really feel threatened by their actions, just email the email company and tell them to cancel the account, which they're probably going to do sooner than you think, if they're getting complaints about that email address and the spam. And then again, they may not close it out, because alot of companies know that people do exactly what happened to you.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 07:21 AM
I feel a bit more confident now that i have this information.
I am still getting a few returned emails but it is definatly decreasing over the last 12 hours.
Thanks again everybody.
Posted 25 March 2007 - 08:15 AM
Here is an article you can read about email spoofing:
Posted 25 March 2007 - 07:17 PM
I'm not sure if that is spoofing. Do the emails say that the email address you mentioned using the rufus.home.tld domain belongs to you? I did a whois on that domain and it doesn't exist. You may be dealing with being infected with a worm that has put you on a botnet where a spammer has installed a mailer daemon and using your machine to mail out spam. That has gotten more common lately.
Have you run your antivirus and noticed any infections lately? I would suggest running it in safe mode in any event. Then run the online scans in the Preparation Guide For Use Before Posting A Hijackthis Log for a second opinion. And it wouldn't hurt to post a log--you've used our services before. I could be wrong but we can check it out to see.
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