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Email Hijack or Clever Spam?

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#1 skippito


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:30 PM

Hi. I've been getting some strange messages lately that appear to be auto-responses to emails sent from my account. At first I thought I was witnessing a new spamming technique, but the latest messages seem so legit. The last few appear to come from known, spam guard services or other reputable domains, asking me to verify my address or stating that the message I sent was rejected due to size. Many of them include a portion of the "message" in the forwarded text, which shows my email address, next to a random name as the sender.

My domain is not a common one. It's an address for my business. We run the website through Wordpress.

There is nothing strange in my sent messages. Also, the "auto-responses" seem to be coming from random people (and not from my contacts list).

Finally, I'm not getting many of these "auto-responses". At most, I see about 6 a day. Which makes me wonder again if this is just a clever baiting technique. If someone has truly hijacked my account for spamming purposes, would I see many, many more auto-responses?

So does this sound like a case of hijack or spam-foolery?

Thanks, everyone for your help!

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