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phantom mail

I keep getting messages telling me messages which I haven't sent and know nothing about cannot be delivered.This morning I got another one beginning

"This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
A message that you sent has not yet been delivered to one or more of its
recipients after more than 8 hours on the queue ..."

Further down it says

"The subject of the message is: RETURNED MAIL: SEE TRANSCRIPT FOR DETAILS"

The given email address for the message I'm supposed to have sent is from a non existent website.

It also says

"Delay reason: lowest numbered MX record points to local host"

Any ideas what's going on?

I'm using OE6 on XP by the way.

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Are you infected?

In reply to: phantom mail

Do you have an anti-virus program running? Some viruses send bulk emails.

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I shouldn't be

In reply to: Are you infected?

I have Norton installed and fully updated, I've run Adaware, Spybot and Housecall and they all say my computer's fine. I had problems with trojans a while back but they've all gone.

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You might run...

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Spoof Viruses

In reply to: You might run...

Are currently very prevalent.

They infect someone's computer, then send emails out using the email address of someone in the address book as the return mail. So, any emails that don't go thru will get returned to that sender instead of the REAL infected computer, making them harder to detect.

You should still check with another AV product or two, but do not be shocked if you are clean. Spoof viruses are everywhere these days.

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