Emails I never sent!

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jcdf

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In my Yahoo mail box I keep getting 'Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender' and 'Failure Notice from [email protected]' emails. They state that my attempt to email (a list that includes everyone in my address book) has failed. Only I never tried emailing all of them with the chosen subject matter.

Here is the email I supposedly sent them:

Hey friend!
I needed a quick solution without this I never wouldve regained my independence its crazy how the tables have turned you should think about it
http://www.emballagedigest.fr/adver...azy=yahoo.com&url=9bu-siness-news.ru/profile/
see you.
What should I do? :confused:
 

jcdf

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Thanks for all the information Phantom010. The internet truly is a hall of mirrors. ;)
 

jcdf

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In order for somebody to have been able to do this they must have been able to gain access to my yahoo address book? Does this mean that somebody out there knows my username/password to my yahoo account?
 

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Chain letters
When you forward chain letters you expose your own email address and those of all the other people who got duped into perpetuating the junk mail because they are either superstitious or stupid, or both.
http://www.cozahost.com/info/stop_spam.asp

From the address book and emails on other people's computers.

Some viruses & worms spread by emailing themselves to all the email addresses they can find in the email address book. As some people forward jokes and other material by email to their friends, putting their friends' email addresses on either the To: or Cc: fields, rather than the BCc: field, some viruses and warms scan the mail folders for email addresses that are not in the address book, in hope to hit addresses the computer owner's friends' friends, friends' friends' friends, etc.

If it wasn't already done, it's just a matter of time before such malware will not only spam copies of itself, but also send the extracted list of email addresses to it's creator.

As invisible email addresses can't be harvested, it's good advice to have the email addresesses of recipients of jokes & the like on BCc:, and if forwarded from somebody else remove from the email's body all the email addresses inserted by the previous sender.
http://www.private.org.il/harvest.html
 

jcdf

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Spam pisses me off. Even if it does no specific damage it is using up bandwidth in the telecommunication system, a finite resource that costs money to be built and maintained. Mass spamming is no different from people driving on the roads and paying no road tax. Doing this is considered a form of theft, wearing out a public utility for your personal gain without paying for it. Driving around without motor tax is a crime. Perhaps spamming should be as well.
 

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Well, actually, there are laws. But, spammers seem to get around them quite easily...
 
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