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#1 PCDevil

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:29 AM

This morning I looked at my email and in my junk is a spam email that says it's from my email address and to my email address. Even looking at the message source it only gives my email. Only thing, aside from knowing I didn't send it obviously, is that the IP address appears to be someone in Tanzania (lbased on a quick search) and I'm in the UK.

 

It's the second email I've had like this, but the first was months ago now.

 

Is there anyway I can stop these messages?

 

Thanks.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:40 AM

Which email application do you use ??


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:43 AM

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:46 AM

1. Have you changed your password

 

2. Is it feasible for you to open a new email address ?...


Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 04:49 AM

I would also reset your Microsoft account password

 

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“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:04 AM

1. Have you changed your password

 

2. Is it feasible for you to open a new email address ?...

 

Thanks.

 

1. Not yet, but I will. Although I'm not sure anyone is actually accessing the account - nothing has been sent from it, nothing strange otherwise.

2. Already done recently for another reason, but currently still need to use this email address too.


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:25 AM

This morning I looked at my email and in my junk is a spam email that says it's from my email address and to my email address. Even looking at the message source it only gives my email. Only thing, aside from knowing I didn't send it obviously, is that the IP address appears to be someone in Tanzania

 

......you account has been accessed.

 

As a minimal approach....follow the steps on THIS PAGE

 

OR.....i will give you detailed steps to follow.

 

You choice......but be aware that your details/identity could be compromised.


Condobloke ...Outback Australian  fed up with Windows antics...??....LINUX IS THE ANSWER....I USE LINUX MINT 18.3  EXCLUSIVELY.

“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:35 AM

Hi,

 

your account has not necessarily been hacked. It is possible for people to spoof your email and therefore have spam sent from you to you without ever accessing your email.

 

Here's a detailed article on it:

http://lifehacker.com/how-spammers-spoof-your-email-address-and-how-to-prote-1579478914

 

As a summary: If you have the state "softfail" under "received-psf" your account wasn't compromised and they're just faking the email address from a different server.

 

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:35 AM

This morning I looked at my email and in my junk is a spam email that says it's from my email address and to my email address. Even looking at the message source it only gives my email. Only thing, aside from knowing I didn't send it obviously, is that the IP address appears to be someone in Tanzania

 

......you account has been accessed.

 

As a minimal approach....follow the steps on THIS PAGE

 

OR.....i will give you detailed steps to follow.

 

You choice......but be aware that your details/identity could be compromised.

 

Seems pointless to hack an account to send 1 spam email and do nothing else. Well 2 if you count the other months ago, but nothing else happened with that. Is it not possible for them to have masked the actual email they used and it not to show up? Maybe some sort of script that automatically changes the email address to be that of the one it's sent to?

 

I've changed my password. My computer is always up to date and scanning for malware, spyware and viruses. I use completely different passwords on other sites to my email as well.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:38 AM

Hi,

 

your account has not necessarily been hacked. It is possible for people to spoof your email and therefore have spam sent from you to you without ever accessing your email.

 

Here's a detailed article on it:

http://lifehacker.com/how-spammers-spoof-your-email-address-and-how-to-prote-1579478914

 

As a summary: If you have the state "softfail" under "received-psf" your account wasn't compromised and they're just faking the email address from a different server.

 

regards

myrti

 

Thanks. it says spf=softfail.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:42 AM

Looks like you are good to go !!

 

Thanks Myrti for that insight....saved us both some needless work.


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“A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it."

It has been said that time heals all wounds. I don't agree. The wounds remain. Time - the mind, protecting its sanity - covers them with some scar tissue and the pain lessens, but it is never gone. Rose Kennedy

 GcnI1aH.jpg

 

 


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 05:59 AM

Seems so :)

 

I don't get why people would make it appear you're emailing yourself. I mean, any spam is pointless, but even if you get/send thousands of emails and do send yourself reminders or work or whatever, I'd hope you'd know you hadn't sent yourself spam.



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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:43 AM

Hi,

 

the main aim is to fool the spam filter into letting the email through. Your own email is likely to not be backlisted by your spam filter. :wink: That's probably all there is to it.

 

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Posted 05 February 2015 - 06:55 AM

Hi,

 

the main aim is to fool the spam filter into letting the email through. Your own email is likely to not be backlisted by your spam filter. :wink: That's probably all there is to it.

 

regards

myrti

 

Yeah, true. Didn't think of that, mine went to junk anyway lol. It obviously noticed something wasn't right. But to me it makes it seem more obvious just because you know you didn't send it. No point in getting through a spam filter if it's then more obvious to people that it is a scam. Although that's obviously not a bad thing if less people fall for it :)






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