Community Newsletter: Q&A forum: Spam e-mail received, but its coming from me?!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 25, 2008 1:13 PM PDT

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Spam e-mail received, but its coming from me?!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/25/08 1:13 PM

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Dear CNET folks, Today I received an e-mail addressed from my OWN mailbox touting some dubious, probably obscene free video. I am alarmed and deeply concerned that my own e-ail address is being used for spam purposes, and am worried that I may be being blocked by receiving servers or recipients when I'm sending out (proper) e-mail. Additionally, I feel that my good name is being dragged in the dirt with such obscene mails. This is not the first time this has happened, but the second (different topics though). I ignored the first e-mail a few months ago and completely deleted it off my system. The current offending e-mail has got links embedded, but I have not clicked on any of them (I am aware of such consequences).

Can you tell me how this can happen (for someone to use my e-mail address) and what precautions I should take to stop this from happening. Do I have a chance of tracing back the author of this e-mail? My security software is up-to-date and I generally keep my PC in a "clean" state. Thank you very much.

--Submitted by Ted L.

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RE: Spam e-mail received, but its coming from me?! --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=309967&messageID=2867970#2867970

Spamming yourself... --Submitted by Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=309967&messageID=2868137#2868137

E-Mail spoofing --Submitted by WxULM
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=309967&messageID=2868229#2868229

Your e-mail address as a spam source... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=309967&messageID=2867949#2867949


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