The emails "from" myself had just about stopped for several years, but I have
received a few in the past couple months.
A favorite trick of spammers a few years ago was to find an unprotected
address book - it might have been your Mom's (or whoever). The spammer's
program would randomly select two contacts - perhaps you and your cousin.
Then the program would send a weird message "from" you to your cousin. Your
cousin would complain to you about that message; you would claim innocence -
and the conversation would escalate. If your Mom had two contact entries
for you, then you might get one of those messages from yourself.
Often, of course, the scheme was not so harmless. The phony message might
be harmful and it might go to hundreds of your contacts - no, to your Mom's
contacts, because it is her address book, not yours, that got raided. And
the spammer might not need to find an address book at all; how about one of
those endlessly-forwarded messages on AOL (as one outstanding example, but
there are others). Each Fwd: probably carries along addresses of dozens of
the sender's closest friends, plus dozens of the friends' friends...ad
infinitum. A spammer's gold mine! :>(
If you are a computer/Internet expert and have unlimited time, you probably
can track down the spammer - eventually - and put him out of business, only
to see him pop up with a different name and address tomorrow. But the only
practical solution is to just Delete each such message and forget it. There
probably is no problem on your computer - no virus, no malware of any kind -
so there is nothing for Malware Bytes or SUPERAntiSpyware to find. About
all you can do is explain this to your friends and family and plead
innocence. (It has probably happened to some of them, too.)
And please "practice safe hex"! Don't open emails (or click links) from
someone that you do not trust TWO ways:
1. They will not hurt you intentionally.
2. They are computer-savvy enough not to harm you UNintentionally.
Simple rules like this will do more to protect you than all the anti-malware
software on the market. But also run the free Microsoft Security
Essentials, just in case.
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3555.0308) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1
So here we go I seem to be getting crap e-mails from one of and
sometimes 2 of my e-mail addresses. They are addressed to some of but
not all my contacts. I get them on my home computer, my work computer,
and my cell phone. Now the interesting part. I have no address book that
I know of on my computer as I know all my contact addresses and use my
memory rather than a contact list. I have run every scan that you can
think of both normally and in safe mode using Avast as well as
Malwarebytes.I am not sure if this is what they call spoofing or what
but needless to say it is tiresome as friends and family are getting a
tad ticked about getting them.I am very careful about where I surf and
what info is given out and it is neither of these addresses that would
be. These e-mail contain random words or sometimes a link to something
like "Hey I am buying a new home this year" as well as a link to see
some crap I am sure.
Any ideas or a direction would be unbelievably appreciated!!