HELP! Spammer is using my email account to send messages!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by zn15, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. zn15 macrumors newbie

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    A spammer is using my email address to send messages with titles such as "Subject: Let other people envy Your Size".
    I am receiving emails from numerous people who have reported me as a spammer. I changed my password and I am still receiving these messages. Would a website like SpamArrest.com help? If not, what else is there to do?
     
  2. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    Changing you password doesn't help because they probably aren't using your actual account. They just have your address as the reply to address. I don't know what else to tell you though.
     
  3. McGiord, Feb 10, 2008
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    Try to find where their "business" is located, they want to sell you something.
    What I will do is to create another email account and use it to investigate them and once you connect with a person, make them remove your email address from their scam system, and if needed suggest that you may take legal actions against them for using your email without your consent, try the nice way first.
    It will require some time to do this.
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  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    No, they are probably not using your account.

    In all probability they are forging your return address into their own mail headers... coz they don't want to get all of the bounces and complaints, they use someone else's valid email -- forging the header is trivial.

    This is called a "Joe-Job". There is boom-all you can do about it, other than contacting your ISP to notify them that it is happening, so they don't block your account on the mistaken assumption that the bounces / complaints are valid.

    Otherwise, just wait it out -- in a day or a week, they'll move on to sending with someone else's address forged.

    Oh McGiord - good luck on that taking legal action thing. The mails are being sent from zombied PC's all over the world, the website that sells the pills or the mortgages is a throwaway site on a server in China that changes every week, with forged registration information, and who will never respond to requests for action. The address to send the money to will be similarly forged identities and based out of a post office box. You are never, ever going to see the spammers in court.

    If you do track down the actual seller, they will simply say "We never sent any emails. We contracted out advertising of our products to this other firm, we have no idea how they send it out. They assured us that it was going to opt in subscribers only and we believe them."
     
  5. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Really it sucks but short of changing your email address there is not much you can do.
     
  6. juanm macrumors 65816

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    Is your size really worth it? :p If so, let the world know!
     

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