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Lost computer, sent e-mail, known IP.

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#1 redzapdos


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Posted 28 March 2015 - 07:10 PM

I am posting this here because there is no other place on the web I know of that could deal with a problem like this. A few weeks back my father lost his work laptop (locked down with software), and a hard drive containing tons of information (not locked down at all). Today, I received several spam e-mails originating from the same IP address located near his house with the subject and sender lines as my full name. Checking the emails' sender lists, it looks like it went through one of my email's whole address list. I have the coordinates of where the IP address originates from (using online tools).


Knowing this information, is there anywhere we can take this information to catch the person and retrieve our info? Is there anything we can do legally or otherwise to move forward with this? Really, only the information on the hard drive is valuable, the laptop is meaningless, and I know it's a huge leap to claim that the 2 cases are connected; but, I am extremely careful about passwords and viruses, and have barely even been on the computer for the past week except for trusted sites, so I am fairly sure that this is one of the only ways something like this could happen.



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Posted 28 March 2015 - 08:47 PM

Hello redzapdos:


You will need to file a timely report with local law enforcement but please also check for a P.M. soon.


Thank you.

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Posted 29 March 2015 - 06:33 AM

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