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02-Jun-2003, 01:15 PM #1
Suspicious e-mail from: POSTMASTER SUBJECT: UNDELIVERABLE MAIL
Today I received an e-mail from "POSTMASTER" REGARDING an undeliverable mail. I have never received an e-mail before from the Postmaster. Could this be a virus? I am so careful not to open e-mails that are different. If it is spam, this is a great way to get someone to open their e-mail.
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02-Jun-2003, 01:33 PM #2
i get these when i send an email to someone who has changed there email address
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02-Jun-2003, 01:37 PM #3
If you are using OE and do not have the preview pane turned on, highlight the file, click File/Properties/Details/Message source.

You should be able to see the message text there safely.
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02-Jun-2003, 01:46 PM #4
I tried what you suggested and I can't see the contents of the e-mail when I highlight it and look at the properties.

How do I turn the preview pane on?
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02-Jun-2003, 01:50 PM #5
This sounds benign to me. I get them all the time when I try to e-mail my local politicians. Usually this is a result of a full mailbox of the addressee. And as 'dai' said above, sometimes people close/change their mail box.

By the way, the e-mails I get from the "Postmaster" always have an attachment and that would be a copy of my original mail.

Without opening the attachment, it should say to whom it was undeliverable and normal is 2 to 3 days old.

Hope this helps.
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02-Jun-2003, 02:03 PM #6
Ok, first, you do not want the preview pane on

Did you do this exactly as I said?
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File/Properties/Details/Message source.
It should look like this.
<img src="http://forums.techguy.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=896295">

I once got an email like this with a virus, so I no longer assume they are safe although almost all are.
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02-Jun-2003, 02:29 PM #7
When I click properties I don't have the Details button that you show, just the General button.
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02-Jun-2003, 02:39 PM #8
Sorry, I have no more advice then.
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02-Jun-2003, 02:57 PM #9
When in doubt, delete. Curiosity is a mental condition that may cause virus infection!
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02-Jun-2003, 03:17 PM #10
This, typically, is a 'bounce-back' message from the receipients mail server. It can be generated for several reasons: (as noted above) such as email account not valid (changed or doesn't exist) or box is unable to receive message (full). The sent email generally gets as far as the mail server based on the @xxx.xxx portion of the email address, but will bounce back if there is no correct box in which to deliver the mail.
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02-Jun-2003, 05:58 PM #11
Well curiosity did get the better of me. It was harmless afterall. A memo regarding an e-mail I sent yesterday didn't make it to the recepient. Strange that this hasn't happened to me in 3 yrs. of e-mails. GUess I'm lucky.
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