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Solved: My name used in spam emails

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by WallabyWood, Feb 6, 2013.

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  1. WallabyWood

    WallabyWood Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    My name is being used in spam emails to my accounts - see below for the form of the email my friends are receiving.
    My name is in the 'from' field, but the email address is not mine - it is an unknown person's Yahoo email address.
    I really need this to be fixed as emails are being sent to my clients.
    I signed up to a Yahoo forum a few days ago and created a Yahoo email address - maybe the problem started there. I also use Facebook and it may have started there.
    Thanks for your help!

    From: My name [mailto: an unknown yahoo address]
    Sent: Thursday, 7 February 2013 3:02 AM
    To: My friend's email
    Subject: very good!

    hi (my friend's name)
    http:// link to unknown file
     
  2. cwwozniak

    cwwozniak Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

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    Sorry to report that you may not be able to do much to stop this.

    It is possible that your computer or a friend's computer was hacked or infected by a virus that stole the address book contents and sent them to a spammer or hacker. That party could now be sending spam or e-mails with attached virus infected file to others in the address book, using forged headers to make it look like it was being sent by someone listed in the address book.
     
  3. valis

    valis Moderator

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    what cwwozniak said; sounds like you got your email spoofed. Happened to me a few years ago, nothing to worry about. The IP's won't match anyhow.
     
  4. WallabyWood

    WallabyWood Thread Starter

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    Thanks - I appreciate you taking the time to reply. This seems to happen with Yahoo more than other email addresses - is that your experience?
     
  5. valis

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    with web-based emails, absolutely. I don't think I've ever had my home email spoofed, the one that runs through outlook.
     
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