Saturday, May 9, 2009

Stolen Email Address?

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Alright, I need to ask for help and hope that someone has the answer?

I have received emails from MY own email can that be?? How can someone else send me spam from my email address?? I don't understand??

I usually just delete it, but I want to notify my carrier that it is spam, but I can't really, can I? Because if they look at it, it looks like it came from me!! It is my email address!! So how can I mark it as spam?

It looks like I am sending myself emails about viagra, all kinds of medications, and even websites in China!! I am still can this happen?? When I look at the properties of the sender, it shows someone else's name, but my email address??

Can they be sending emails to others using my email address?? Can I stop it?? Help!

Does anyone have any ideas?? Does this happen to anyone else?? Or am I the only one?

Take care,


MoneyEnergy May 10, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

I've received these too, but I've never thought of it as someone stealing or hacking into my email... I think there are just anonymous bot programs that are able to make it look as though you're sending yourself stuff like that. At least I hope so; I hope I'm not wrong and someone did hack into it!

Would be interested to know what you find out!

ZaftigDelights May 10, 2009 at 1:54 AM  

What you need to do is have someone who is savvy with this sort of thing, look at the "headers" on the email spam that you receive. I'm pretty sure that it is not actually coming from your email address, but a "proxy" that can make it look like it is coming from your address.

There are all sorts of scammers out there, and this type of thing is just one of many. I hope you get it cleared up.



Duni May 10, 2009 at 4:41 AM  

I got one of those too! I just reported it as SPAM and I haven't received one since.

Salem May 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM  

Dont worry. Your email address is NOT stolen. There are some methods spammers use to make it appear as such (for example, if their name appears as "me," Gmail sometimes assumes its from your email address), but your email address is not stolen. If yo're worried, I recommend changing your password.


KAT May 10, 2009 at 3:55 PM  

Thank you everyone for your help and comments!!

I feel somewhat better about it, but I still don't know if I'd report it as spam, in case they thought it actually came from me?? :)

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