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Spam Being Sent Using My Email Address - How?

by rampelade / March 15, 2004 8:14 PM PST

I get several returned mail messages every day and it is for messages that I am not sending. Someone is using my email address to send out tons of junk email. How can this happen and how can I stop it?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 15, 2004 9:58 PM PST

I meant to write that in all caps.

Q. "How can this happen"?
A. It's called SPOOFING.

Q. " and how can I stop it?"
A. You can't. It's just one reason why there is so much spam.

I will NOT post more about spoofing in this reply, but will tell you a few things.

1. Research SPOOFING on if you really want to know what it is, but since knowing about it won't stop it, and since you have google, I hope you understand why I won't write one more word about it.

2. DO NOT OPEN, VIEW or PREVIEW any email that is junk. STOP DOING THAT. With all the exploits to Outlook and outlook express, people who open or even look at junk/spam/virus/other email are part of the problem. Don't be part of the problem.

Just viewing a spoofed email with some exploit can cause your machine to be infected (yeah, your antivirus will stop a 20 minute old virus?) and start emailing out the new bug.

Don't open such mail. Don't preview such mail. Don't inspect such mail...

Delete it and move on.


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by rampelade / March 16, 2004 12:41 AM PST
In reply to: STOP DOING THAT!

It's not a case where I'm opening SPAM - it's a case where someone else is using my email address to send out large numbers of emails which come back to me as undeliverable emails when they don't reach their intended targets. I don't know how this is possible for them to be using my email address for these mass mailings. Are the undeliverable mail messages actually "spoof emails" - I do some online business and need to know if my real emails are being delivered and so it's hard to ignore or filter out all the undeliverable mail messages.

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You can't stop it today.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 16, 2004 12:59 AM PST
In reply to: Re:STOP DOING THAT!

While most of your reply is about your concern, it seems I didn't convey that SPOOFING is how its done. It also seems you haven't done the Google and read about this term.

I wish I had a cure for this, but until internet email is revamped, spoofing will continue.

In closing, the person is not "using" your email address, but virus/worm/other is commonly spread this way with a spoofed address or sending you a "bounced", "returned" email and they hope you open it.

A spammer will use any return address they wish...


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spam mail sent from me to me: / Viagra
by slowgoing / August 26, 2010 4:25 AM PDT

just delete it' I don't want to block my self:
I have fios / verizon; this is a new putter win-7
I been useng thunderbird to get my mail" this last week"

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Re: Spam Being Sent Using My Email Address - How?
by llbj / November 7, 2004 4:03 AM PST

I'm having the same problem There are no attachments. The return path is blank. I am getting multiple bounced e-mail reports. In addition I'm getting daily e-mails which report that Symantec has removed the w32Klez.H@mm virus from it. Again, there is no return path when I open the full header. Any ideas?

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by slowgoing / August 26, 2010 4:35 AM PDT

I don't open anything / spam or other wise I do not know"
I'll try anything to get away from google"
as bad as outllook express is for being hacked:
I like it" but with this new operating system win-7 with my asus mother broad
I don't know I thought not having outlook express I might not get tagged as much' my question is how to block my self when it is
not my self sending out spam in to my inbox

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It is not a Google Thing
by ofcwife / July 13, 2015 2:57 PM PDT

It is not a google thing. I have my own domains, one I have had for years. And still spam is sent from my email addresses. Passwords have changed so many times and within the hour the same thing.

I read the reply about spoofing. How is it possible when the header and tracking info directs it back to my domain and server?

Just curious

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That can be spoofed as well.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 13, 2015 3:18 PM PDT

Email is frankly untrustworthy. Since we can spoof all fields, why would anyone accept what's in an email?

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