Hijacked E-mail?

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  1. Brian30755

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    I've started getting lots of "undeliverable" mail returned to my e-mail inbox. This is mail that I did not send. It all appears to be spam.

    I don't know how someone can use my e-mail address to send out spam, but I'm getting more and more "undeliverables" returned to me every day.

    My main concern is the fact that my e-mail address is associated with my website (which is a Christian site).....and that whoever is doing this may start mailing objectionable material using my e-mail address.

    Anyone had this happen to them before? What should I do? I've reported it to Yahoo (just yesterday), but so far no word from them.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Don

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    If I understand you correctly, it looks like someone has figured out how to use your Yahoo e-mail account.

    My first suggestion is to get another account ASAP, and change the e-mail associated with the website. I know that's a pain; but I'm not optimistic about getting Yahoo to focus on figuring out your problem amongst their hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of users.

    Second, keep bugging Yahoo.
     
  3. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    There are several "mini-mail" widgets and gadgets that let you email from any address. Someone could be using one of those.
     
  4. Don

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    I was rushed earlier. To continue: change your Yahoo e-mail password. Set it to something so hard you can't remember it (and write it down!).

    I've run into this problem in the past, with a script on a website that I was using for e-mail and another message board where someone added a url to my signature line (that was a link to a porn site--talk about embarrassing!).

    In each case, changing the password helped...but only because I made the password stronger.
     
  5. exscentric

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    I went so far as to change servers and email names/accounts and still get it. I checked a number of sources and best answer I got was to set your domain to accept only your choice of one or two email addresses and reject all others.

    They usually use spurrious names at your domain.

    If someone has a way to stop it I'd love to hear it, but thus far I don't know of any way.
     
  6. Brian30755

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    Thanks for the advice. I've changed my password, and notified Yahoo. I'll see if I can figure out how to do what excentric was talking about.....setting my domain to accept only the addresses I use, then hope for the best. Thanks again.
     
  7. Hope of Glory

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    Sounds like what you're describing is known as a "Joe Job". Someone sends out a virus, using your email as a return. They don't have to have your password; all they have to have is a program that will send it out using your name.
     
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    My thoughts exactly.

    I went through this a while back, and it freaked me out. i notified Yahoo, but got no response. I got mad at Yahoo, but when I figured it all out, i realized that they already knew what was going on. their AV filters stopped any viruses from getting through, thankfully.

    All it takes is for someone who has your email address to get the virus, and then it attacks you by way of sending emails to your address. NetSky was the culprit with me.
     
  9. El_Guero

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    Some of the spammers do not even try to 'get you'. They are merely using your address as the return address. So many filters filter out unknown addresses that they use address just to get through the filter.

    Place your email address on line as wayne at yahoo.

    You can hyper link that, but 'bots' will read for [email protected] and then use that email address . . .

    Ain't technology great!
     

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