Modern viruses and worms (and they florish at the moment) when sending themselves by e-mail to others from some computer take any email-address found on that computer and fake that that address is the sender of the message. In these case some virus picked your address.
The receiver (or the receivers ISP) sees the message contains a virus and and is kind enough to notify the assumed 'sender'.
That's all that is. There's nothing you can do about it and it isn't your fault at all.
Two emails showed up in my Hotmail inbox this morning that I don't understand and don't know how to deal with.
One was from the postmaster advising that delivery of "my" email to email@example.com failed. But I never sent any email to that address. The email showed the following as the email in question:
Re: Your archive
Thursday, March 11, 2004 9:42 AM
Attachment : DELETED0.TXT (160 bytes)
Your document is attached."
When I tried to open the attachlment, I got this:
"File attachment: your_archive.pif
The file attached to this email was removed
because the file name is not allowed."
The second was from P2SPAM_GW@p2es.com to lmy email address, firstname.lastname@example.org. It said:
"Content violation found in email message.
Matching filename: *.pif"
I have no idea what this is all about. I feel like I should report this to someone but I don't find a way to contact hotmail about it. (Maybe all I need to do is to change my password.)
Anyone have any thoughts about what I should do? Thanks, Jerry