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Windows 7: Spamming myself

17 Aug 2015   #1
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 
Spamming myself

In the last week I have received two spam emails from my own email address (I sent a test email to it and it came back to me). I have seen posts of this happening to others but no satisfactory answers. Anyone got any suggestions where I went wrong or where I am going wrong?


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17 Aug 2015   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Most likely, someone hacked into your email account. Try changing your password.
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17 Aug 2015   #3
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Hi Lady Fitz' OK I've changed my password, thank-you, let's see if that works; it seems as simple as me so - fingers crossed.
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17 Aug 2015   #4
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I've had my Yahoo email account hacked a couple of times over the years and, so far, changing my password has stopped the spammers who haceked the account dead in their tracks (not as dead as would like to make them, though ). If, for some reason, your problem continues, notify your ISP or whoever it is you get your email from.
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17 Aug 2015   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Well another thing to check:

Enable https login for your email if it isn't already enabled. Also if you've got more than one email account add your second email address to your contact list in the problem email account and see it you receive any unexpected emails from yourself.

Check social networks that you've subscribed to and revoke permissions for any apps that you gramted access to your email contact list - especially if you no longer use them.

MyPermissions.org - Scan your permissions... Find out who gained access to your personal info.
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17 Aug 2015   #6
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Changing of on line passwords should be done on another computer whose security has not been compromised.

You can receive email that appears to be from your own address without being hacked or your computer infected. It is quite easy for a spammer to change the originating address to anything they wish and this is almost universal with SPAM. A popular trick with spammers is to use your own address as the return or originating address. This often allows the message to evade SPAM filters.

Never use the reply link that is in some SPAM messages. This just confirms to the spammer that your email address is valid and in active use, thus making it more valuable to them and other spammers.
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18 Aug 2015   #7
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

I recently reactivated my Facebook account which has been dormant for many years; I've subsequently deactivated it now the social issue I was following has ended. I have noticed the 'login' box coming up when my email has been inactive for a period: this is not a normal occurrence but I put it down to changes Virgin are making to their Webmail system (I access all my email through Microsoft's Outlook program in my Office package) until now, when it begins to look suspicious.
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18 Aug 2015   #8
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Ref. Callender: I have no idea what https login means; I ran it through Google and didn't find any sensible answers. Help.
Ref. LMiller7: I take your point about changing passwords on an alternative computer.
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18 Aug 2015   #9
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

https login:

It depends upon your email provider or email client.

See:

Webmail example

How to enable Yahoo Mail's (soon to be default) SSL encryption today | PCWorld

General guide for configuring email clients (select the appropriate client) and ignore Kerberos settings

https://itservices.stanford.edu/serv...r/email/config
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19 Aug 2015   #10
urbanspaceman1

windows 7 premium home 64bit
 
 

Hi Callender. I found the appropriate page and discovered that my email is in-fact encrypted.
I've changed my password, as indicated, but I received another identical spam message today; I have to assume that someone is using my address but I've not had any word from folk in my contacts list so I'm assuming that it's just targeted at me.
I'll send out a mailshot to everyone asking to advise me if they receive spam from my address but it looks like that is not happening.
Let's see what the future holds.
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