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Someone is sending emails out with my email address PLEASE HELP!


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#1 Milton Luban

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 07:55 PM

Can someone help me to stop this! Someone sends out emails to my contacts with my email address as if it's me doing it, and in the body of the email they are advertising there website and the products they sell, so I guess they stold my email contact and in some way sends there emails as if it's me doing it cause it comes from my email address. How do I stop this?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 April 2010 - 08:33 PM

Sounds like email spoofing, IMO.

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#3 Ken-in-West-Seattle

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Posted 23 April 2010 - 08:10 AM

What do you use for mail?
spoofing your from: address can happen without compromise to your account, but sending to your contact list usually means the computer you use for mail has been compromised by malware of some sort. Rootkits and parts of koobface seem the most popular lately and hotmail has had a problem recently.
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Malware-Res...gs-137294.shtml

Change your email account password asap. The one at your ISP's mail server or webmail provider.

Tell us what you use for mail and we can steer you towards more specific info.

You should also download and run malwarebytes and superantispyware and see what shows up. If you have a malware problem you can post it in the "am I infected" forum and get more specialized help.

Edited by Ken-in-West-Seattle, 23 April 2010 - 08:12 AM.


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Posted 24 April 2010 - 07:47 PM

Hello,

I've had something similar happen, and I didn't even HAVE a computer at the time. What happens is if your e-mail address has been posted on a website spambots will harvest that e-mail address to both spam you and to send spam using your e-mail address. It is also possible that one of your e-mail contacts has a compromised computer and a spambot got your e-mail address that way.

The only real way to resolve this is to change the user name of your e-mail address, and change it to something that's not common. Then, don't post your e-mail address on websites, list-serves, etc.

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#5 Milton Luban

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:42 PM

I use Hotmail, and have used it for years! I can change my password, but I need to keep my hotmail account.

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Posted 24 April 2010 - 08:58 PM

well as Orange Blossom said:

The only real way to resolve this is to change the user name of your e-mail address, and change it to something that's not common. Then, don't post your e-mail address on websites, list-serves, etc.


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