Solved: Haunted Emails???

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hairybusdriver1

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Catchy Title hah, anyways, the strangest thing is happening. about two years ago, a man that is on my friends contact list in their yahoo email account died. He fell off of a water fall only to come crashing down on some rocks. So He is as dead as you can be. according to a recent development, he is sending people emails, about fat reduction and weight loss. So I thought maybe somebody hacked his account. So I right clicked on the email link (His email) and went down to full header view, where usually you can see the IP of the person that sent you the email. U know I thought maybe that could possibly shed a little light on to who might be doing this. but all It lists is this:

Received-SPF: none (mta1029.mail.re4.yahoo.com: domain of [email protected] does not designate permitted sender hosts)

usually after the colons the ip address is listed. does anyone know why it isnt listed, and what exactly that means. i mean this is weird.
 

aka Brett

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Since there is a relation to the sender and the received the account has been compromised...perhaps it had a weak password...or the person gave his password to a social networking site to see who else was on it from the address book....the trustworthy networking site is no longer trustworthy...its a possibility.

I have been seeing alot of this..another possibility is password for email and a site are the same the person was a member of...the passwords are encrypted on the back end of the sites...but the correct software easily breaks it down.

Perhaps some sites have been compromised and hackers were able to view the table bases...if so and the password is the same both for site and email..then they have just gained access to an email address with a contact list.

Being your friend has passed away..and this spam mailing has been going around..I am starting to believe that much of it isnt based on an infection,but rather some info has been stolen from some major site{s}
 

Phantom010

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I don't think you can crack a Yahoo account password, or at least, it would take very special software... Besides, why bother with all the trouble? The only way to get a password, in my opinion, is with a phishing scam where the owner of the account is sent a fraudulent e-mail message looking exactly like the ones you would receive from Yahoo. In those types of messages, people are asked to enter their passwords to continue with whatever "Yahoo" is asking them to do...

As wicked as it may sound, some malicious individuals are offering that service, for a fee, openly on the Internet, for people needing to crack an e-mail account (e.g. ex-boyfriend, jealous wife, etc.). They even offer to send proof that they did indeed crack the password before sending it to the client (before the final payment).

In hairybusdriver1's case though, I think it's a simple case of e-mail spoofing.
 
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