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Hijacked Email

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by rpndt1, Jan 22, 2005.

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  1. rpndt1

    rpndt1 Thread Starter

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    Alright, i've had this problem for a while: sometimes, i get a notice in my inbox that my message was not delivered. Problem: I never sent the email! Plus, the return transcript shows like

    "John Doe <[email protected]>" even though "John Doe" or whatever isn't even my name. The same name never appears twice. This is a Yahoo account, and I have changed my passwords several time, and since this started, also built and used different computers.

    How do I stop this?


    PS. Of course, I have long since ditched Yahoo for Gmail, but I still don't want people sending spam or other messages in my name. Worst thing is, there is no option to "delete my account" with Yahoo.
     
  2. Ratboy

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    rpndt1,

    What you are experiencing is called Spoofing. It is a common technique used by spammers to attempt to hide their identity. They are not actually sending any email from your account. They are using your address as a return address.

    There is very little that can be done other than deleting the messages.

    You can try forwarding the returned message to [email protected], but it is unlikely that they will be able to find the identity of true sender of the message.
     
  3. rpndt1

    rpndt1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks!

    At least I'm not being hijacked...I guess its the price I pay for giving out my email so freely online :eek: Guess I should be careful next time.

    I hate spammers :mad:
     
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