Is someone using my .mac mail for spamming?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by srobert, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. srobert macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    I've been getting 2-3 of these message a day for the past week (my .mac email address is

    * * * * *

    Subject: Delivery Failure Notification

    - These recipients of your message have been processed by the mail server:; Failed; 5.1.1 (bad destination mailbox address)

    Remote MTA SMTP diagnostic: 550 5.1.1 <> is not a valid mailbox

    Reporting-MTA: dns;
    Received-from-MTA: dns; (
    Arrival-Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 11:10:13 -0700

    Final-Recipient: rfc822;
    Action: Failed
    Status: 5.1.1 (bad destination mailbox address)
    Remote-MTA: dns;
    Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 550 5.1.1 <> is not a valid mailbox
    Return-Path: <>
    Received: from ( by (NPlex 6.5.029)
    id 40D6E3CA000A1980 for; Mon, 21 Jun 2004 11:10:13 -0700
    Message-ID: <> (added by
    Received: FROM [] By ; Mon, 21 Jun 2004 11:10:12 -0800
    Subject: Mail Delivery (failure
    Date: Mon, 21 Jun 2004 14:14:42 -0400
    MIME-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: multipart/related;
    X-Priority: 3
    X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

    * * * * *

    The one above is a little different than the usual ones. Usually, there is also a buch af .mac email address listed atwhich the email failed to deliver to. Nobody in my address book.

    Sometime there is spam-like messages at the end of the email i.e. prescription renewal.

    What's happening?

    What should I do?

  2. DGFan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    Someone is sending spam with your email as the "from" address. But they're not using your account.
  3. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Is there anything I can do about this? I hate spammers with a passion. :mad:
  4. DGFan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
    No. It's possible to create a mail from anyone (you, me, bill gates, etc...). If the mail server is setup right the (faked) sender shouldn't receive a bounce message for spam. But it happens sometimes and you'll just have to get used to it.
  5. srobert thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jan 7, 2002
    Bummer. This means that on top of my usual daily dose of spam, I'll receive a flood of bounce because of some incompetent spammer? Makes me wanna puke. I hate parasites. It should be my right to give 'em 1 punch in the face for each spam mail they send me :D That aughta make 'em stop.

    I'd also like to punch in the face every numbskulls that purchase things from spammers, making it a profitable enough venture for it to continue to exist.

    A message to all those "viagra-using-too-shy-or-too-poor-to-have-it-prescribed-by-a-real-doctor-so-i-purchase-it-from-spam™" and those "My-wee-wee-is-too-short-HEY!-I'll-just-buy-one-of those-ointments-cream-or-patch-from-these-REAL-doctors-sending-me-emails-so-my-wee-wee-will-grow-faster-than-you-can-say-chi-chi-chia!™" STOP ENCOURAGING SPAM!
  6. Menkar macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Virus spoof

    Outgoing spoofing (where someone hi-jacks your e-mail address) is one possibility. Incoming spoofing, where someone sends you an e-mail pretending that it is a delivery failure, is another possibility.
    With incoming spoofs there are most of the times an attachment, which in a correct delivery-failure situation would contain your sent message, now contains a virus. Typically a Windows/Outlook problem though :)

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