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Dozens of emails returned that I never sent

by 1Chris / April 19, 2014 2:32 PM PDT

I just got dozens of emails returned as not delverable to email addresses that I absolutely did not send anything to. What's this all about?

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if these are mostly coming back as undeliverable ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 19, 2014 3:29 PM PDT

they generally a result of someone, somewhere, obtaining your email address in some manner then using it as a return address for SPAM they are generating.

Not much you can actually do about it other than possibly contacting your email account provider for assistance and to let them know it isn't you generating the SPAM..

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I agree Ed!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 20, 2014 1:27 AM PDT

"obtaining your email address in some manner then using it as a return address for SPAM they are generating."

Spoofing the return address can be fun. I can't tell you how much fun you can have with that but it is also used to get around spam filters.

Delete these as don't open is my added advice.
Bob

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It's about some jerk
by James Denison / April 19, 2014 10:59 PM PDT

trashing your email account. If you really hate someone, you can send out a lot of spam to a mailing list using their email address as the return address, or you can sign up their email address for a lot of "free stuff" at a lot of sites. Ultimately the only way out is change email address when it gets bad enough. I did try something with an abandoned over spammed email address I had. After I switched everyone I wanted including online sites I used for banks, bills, shopping changed, I set that email account to forward all spam mail to SPAM@UCE.GOV and put a "vacation reply" explaining the email address was no longer valid and that all email to that account was now sent to the spam fighting arm of the Federal Trade Commission. In a year that account's spam dropped very low and some of it started disappearing fairly quickly, which meant those replies were getting to someone who got spooked enough to take it off their list.

http://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2004/07/ftc-unveils-new-e-mail-address-deceptive-spam-spamucegov

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