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False E'mails
« on: May 25, 2010, 08:36:21 PM »

Someone is sending e'mails using my wifes e'mail address and her contacts.

She has a Hotmail account, is there anything she can do about it. [Report it ?]
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2010, 08:48:26 PM »

Hy Dicky
We had the same thing happen to our account a few weeks back, the e,mails being sent were,nt very nice to say the least. The only thing we could do was to e,mail all our contacts and tell them the situation, luckily most of them understood that we woild,nt be sending that type of e,mail so they had already ignored them. The whole episode lasted about 24 hours and then stopped, we have heard nothing about it since.
Sorry I know that aint much help, the other thing is to contact the provider of your account, we did,nt but as I say, it did stop as quick as it began.
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2010, 08:54:44 PM »

Change the password sharpish.  This happened on my hotmail.com account a few months ago when I got a pile of "can't deliver" notifications from people I hadn't sent to for AGES and a query from Martin about why I had sent him a spam link.  It seems that hotmail got hacked last year and "some userids and passwords" in "a restricted range" were stolen.  I have a feeling that the lot were grabbed, and batches are being flogged around the ungodly of the world.  Changing your password kills it stone dead.  
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2010, 09:09:02 PM »

Thanks chaps, she's changed her password. :-))
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2010, 09:20:24 PM »

And Change it regularly
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010, 11:05:51 PM »

Also make sure to check the profile for additional secondary e-mail addresses.
While Hotmail should not be sending the password out, it will send notification of changes
to the account, to any e-maill addresses that are listed in the user profile as alternate
contact listings.

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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2010, 11:28:48 AM »


It was reported in the local Ozz press a while ago that thousands of Hotmail  :embarrassed: accounts had been hacked  <:( and that people should immediatley change their passwords,   {:-{ >>:-( <:( as has been suggested by commentators in this forum.  >>:-(  <*<
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2010, 11:48:53 AM »

Sorry...... >>:-(, but you only get what you pay for ....& if you subscribe to a FREE electronic mail system ....then be prepared for no  :police: to safeguard or help you & all of the consequences that accompany such  FREE electronic mail systems ...Derek %% {-) O0 ;D
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2010, 12:08:03 PM »

This is probably mal ware. A mailiciious piece of software like a virus.

You recieve an email from somebody you know with a subject like 'Guess what' or 'cool'. The message will have no personalised content like 'Hi Dicky' It will probably just say 'Hi'.

If you use the mail preview panel you can see this before you open it.

If you open it the malware will then send itself, and the content of the message (recently ads for ipods etc.), to everybody in your address book.

Clever but annoying.
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2010, 04:53:39 PM »

Derekwarner - I have had my hotmail account for the past eleven years - first problem.  I also have my ISP provided mailbox.  Using the mailbox's native browser rather than an email client, the hotmail one has a more professional feel.
Tigertiger - Not a malware attack, it was reported as a hack into hotmail, with the results presumably sold on to somebody who felt that sending a malware phish to everybody in your mailing list via your mailbox was going to be profitable.
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2010, 05:16:46 PM »

  • An address in the "from" part of an email does not need to mean the mail actually came from that account.
  • Spammers often use bogus "from" addresses to help subvert anti-spam software.
  • The spammer hopes a link within the body of email will take the numpty reader off to his spamming viagra site or wherever.

i.e. you're wife's email account could be safe as houses. The first you'd know about spammers taking that address to use for whatever reason, is that you'd be getting "undeliverable" emails back to her email address from guessed "to" addresses that the spammers might be using. After all, they don't want their in-boxes filling up.

At my last work, where I had an email account for five years or so, which eventually got on to every spammers' mailing lists, I was getting 4-5000 pieces of spam/rebounds per week. So I changed my account.  :-))

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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2010, 05:45:35 PM »

The problem is that the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) protocol that is used for Internet email was designed over 25 years ago before SPAM was ever a issue.

If you know how to connect to a mail server and spammers do, then it is possible to send an email from anyone to anyone.

The bottom line is we are using an Internet protocol far beyond what it was ever designed to do.
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Re: False E'mails
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2010, 06:02:43 PM »

Sorry...... >>:-(, but you only get what you pay for ....& if you subscribe to a FREE electronic mail system ....then be prepared for no  :police: to safeguard or help you & all of the consequences that accompany such  FREE electronic mail systems ...Derek %% {-) O0 ;D

My wife has had a Hotmail account for 15 years with no bother, 15 years free. %)
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