Hijacked Email

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rpndt1

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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.
 
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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.
 

rpndt1

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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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