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#1 vjmure

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Posted 12 December 2015 - 06:39 PM

Curious observation; maybe nothing, but not sure....    I have a few emails stating "[SPAM]Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender" which appear to be emails that it says I sent, but I did not.     Rejected as SPAM from "Mail Delivery System".

 

Any thoughts?

 

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Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

Many spam and phishing emails appear to be from an address which isn't the real address they were sent from. I have had phishing emails which appeared to come from my own address. The "From" address can be changed. Presumably, someone has used your email address for this purpose.



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Posted 13 December 2015 - 10:53 AM

Many spam and phishing emails appear to be from an address which isn't the real address they were sent from. I have had phishing emails which appeared to come from my own address. The "From" address can be changed. Presumably, someone has used your email address for this purpose.

 

This happens with incredible frequency, particularly if you have an e-mail address that's been floating around out there in cyberspace for years.   I can't count how many phishing e-mails I've received with a From: address of friends that I absolutely know didn't send them.  I've stopped telling people I've received them because they're not the result of account hacking, but simply of e-mail address collection schemes where the From: address is filled in at random from the massive list of addresses these slime have collected.  Sometimes that address is your own, and bounce messages will come back to you if the To: address is no longer valid.


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Posted 13 December 2015 - 12:41 PM

The "From" address can be changed. Presumably, someone has used your email address for this purpose.


This is called "spoofing". A spammer uses your address to make it appear as if you sent the mail.

If they send one to an email address that no longer exists you get a bounce message.

As for spam, the receiving server has flagged your email address as one that is sending the spam, even though you did not send it.

Those who engage in this tactic generally do not use the spoofed address for long.

With email it is no different from writing a letter, putting it in an envelope, addressing the envelope, putting a stamp on it and using SOMEONE ELSE's address as the return address.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 13 December 2015 - 12:44 PM.





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