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SPAMERS who use your email address as the "from" address

by Walt H / August 12, 2010 10:33 PM PDT

I assume not much can be done about SPAMERS who use your email address in their "from" field. You can't block it because you will block ALL your "good" email. I have reported it to Yahoo a while back, now it's happening with my GMail address. This is really starting to "TICK" me off!!!

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Your assumption is right.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 13, 2010 5:40 AM PDT

Hi Walt.

Sadly there's little we can do to stop that. Spammers can easily change the look of emails so that it seems you sent them to yourself. They probably do it with software now, for example an email address generator which will create random email addresses, send the spam, use that same email address as the From field. They don't care if 99% of the emails they send are returned as 'not found'. They are only interested in the ones that get through.

We can help ourselves. Have a look at the do's and don'ts I posted here; and then have a look at Jimmy's Tips in the post here;;posts#3317120
They are 'general' tips, but still worth reading.


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Spam filtering
by richteral / August 13, 2010 8:28 PM PDT

works extremely well in Gmail, even with fake "from yourself" addresses. Such mail should land in your Spam folder, no questions asked.

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very easy, but not a big deal
by porsche10x / August 16, 2010 6:14 AM PDT

It's very easy to change the "from" field in an email. Just about every email program allows you to customize the "from" field to whatever you want. It doesn't have to be your actual email address. It will still be sent and received just fine.

However, there are portions of the email header that cannot be forged. A good spam filter will detect a forged header and still filter it, even if it's from yourself.

Sometimes, legitimate users will send mail from a server that does not correspond to their email domain name. If this creates a false positive, you can usually "whitelist" the sender.

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