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weird stuff in email

by jco / March 13, 2007 8:59 AM PDT

Hello to everyone. I?m wondering if anyone knows what could cause a sudden influx of undeliverable email that I never tried to deliver in the first place.

Specs are: Dell Dimension 8200, XP SP2 plus all updates since; 512 MB RAM; Pentium 4 Processor, 2 GHz. I use AVG Pro, Spybot, CCleaner, Firefox and Thunderbird.

Today, my Thunderbird inbox had a slew of undeliverable mail, but I hadn?t sent any of it out. All showed my email address as the return, but I hadn?t even heard of any of the people or addresses I supposedly sent to. I?ve put in a few of the weird things I found, but I copied them into WordPad first, and checked with AVG, so I wouldn?t pass on any viruses if there are any. Thanks for your help.


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It's a spammers way
by PudgyOne / March 13, 2007 9:30 AM PDT
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to see if you have an active email account. As soon as you opened the email, the spammer got a message saying that you have an active email account.

Look out SPAM!

NEVER open an email from anyone you don't know.


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by jco / March 13, 2007 9:52 AM PDT
In reply to: It's a spammers way

Thank-you, PudgyOne. I've had virtually no problem with spam -- until now. And I had no idea spam came in this form. Gulp. I'm going to hope this isn't the start of something big. If I get more (I'm sure I will), I'll just delete them. Thanks again.

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Another possibility
by jackson dougless / March 13, 2007 10:15 AM PDT
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Or two really...

While considerably less likely if using Firefox and Thunderbird, you might have been hit with some malware, and someone set up a mail relay on your system.

Another possibility is that you are running your own mail server and didn't secure it properly.

Since you're using Thunderbird, some suggestions to help make it even safer. I haven't used it in awhile, so there may be even more than this now... Make sure that you set all email messages to be displayed in either limited HTML or plain text. Not an easy feature to find as I recall, but a good one to set. You should also disable scripting in email messages, along with plugins. Finally, be sure to set it to never load remote images. That should further help cut down on your spam levels over time.

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Another thank-you
by jco / March 13, 2007 10:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Another possibility

Thank-you, Jackson. Since I hadn't had trouble with spam, I know virtually nothing about how to protect myself from it. I'm printing out your response, and checking my settings, post haste!

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