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# 214492 14-May-2017 19:27
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I couldn't determine an appropriate forum for email issues, so I'll start here.

 

For many many months, well years really, I've been getting email replies to emails I've never sent.

 

Either non-delivery reports, or automated responses. But every now and then, from an actual person.

 

The addresses I've supposedly sent emails to are old, I haven't used most of them in quite some time, but there a handful that are still relevant.

 

Some are to old workplaces, which have never been on my personal computer, that I can recall anyway.

 

Many scans over time with various programs have found nothing untoward, so I don't think my computer is the "sender".

 

Talking to the real life people who have received these emails, they are definitely typical of scam/spam, containing an enticing message and something to click on. 

 

The email address that is being used as the sender is not one I have used for sending email for ages, but it still current is as much as my Microsoft domain is registered to it.

 

I can only presume that something "out there" is doing this.

 

But is there anything I can do to stop it.

 

 





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  # 1782082 14-May-2017 19:39
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Xtra/yahoo? Thats classic hack results.

 

When someone elses acct is compromised, if your address was ever used as a sent from THEIR box it's fair game to the leaked database to use as a from address.

 

 


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  # 1782084 14-May-2017 19:43
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Sounds more like spoofing.




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  # 1782090 14-May-2017 19:51
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Years ago I had a friend whose Yahoo email account was hacked. It was nothing complicated, someone just worked out her password one way or the other and started using her account to send spam while allowing her to continue using it for her own mail. She had no idea what was going on but complained to me that she was getting occasional emails she didn't understand. The emails were returned spam from the mailer daemon when an incorrect address was used. I logged onto her account, found tons of stuff that didn't belong there, and told her to change her password. After that the mystery mails ceased.  





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  # 1782134 14-May-2017 21:57
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If these are on your own domains, you need to set up SPF records.





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  # 1782136 14-May-2017 22:06
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Its an ISP provided address.  





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  # 1782148 14-May-2017 23:11
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raytaylor: If these are on your own domains, you need to set up SPF records. 

 

and DKIM / DMARC if possible.





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kiwifidget: ...I've been getting email replies to emails I've never sent ... Either non-delivery reports, or automated responses. But every now and then, from an actual person.

 

Yeah sounds more like spoofing. Your email address could have been harvested from their address book or email conversations. It's very easy to change the "reply to" address to be different from the senders address. And AFAIK, not much you can do about that.

 

 

 

Something else you could do, is check if any of your email addresses were ever compromised. Visit haveibeenpwned.com and check every one of your email addresses. If yes, maybe the source of the breach will help in some way.





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  # 1782154 15-May-2017 00:15
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Apparently, I have not been pwned.

 

So, even if I were to delete the email account, which I am not inclined to do, it wouldnt make any difference?





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Anyone can put whatever email they like in the From: part of the headers. Just like you can put any other persons email address in the box.





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  # 1782968 16-May-2017 09:49
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kiwifidget:

 

Apparently, I have not been pwned.

 

 

perhaps, but your email is now on spammer lists of email addresses , email address they can pretend to be sending from

 

Also, it could be that your webmail was hacked into. Go into webmail & check recent logins & the send items.
Had the same thing with my long unused hotmail a few years back. It was hacked into & emails were sent to webmail contacts (all 2 of them)

 

Welcome to the internet , this is how things are  :-)

 

 




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  # 1783048 16-May-2017 12:21
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There is nothing in the sent items newer than 2010. So I think I can rule out hacking.

 

 





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  # 1783060 16-May-2017 12:41
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Read this about email spoofing. Nothing you can do with ISP supplied email.


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  # 1783097 16-May-2017 13:22
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kiwifidget:

There is nothing in the sent items newer than 2010. So I think I can rule out hacking.

 

 


They could have stolen your address book - that is, a record of everyone you have sent email to in the past.

 

 

With multiple address books they can then determine a web of who knows who.

 

 

Using this information they send out spoofed emails purporting to be from you.

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  # 1783548 17-May-2017 10:04
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kiwifidget:

 

There is nothing in the sent items newer than 2010. So I think I can rule out hacking.

 

 

Not really
Millions of yahoo email (& xtra?) details were stolen after a hack.
If your a/c was hacked, they may not have sent via webmail so it may not show

 

More likely just email spoofing
Its very common.
Its just the "the internet". Accept it & move on.

 

If in doubt, change ALL your email passwords & make sure every password is different & not used on other sites

 

 


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