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Offline Rhonda

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Email Spoofing
« on: May 16, 2011, 01:21:24 PM »
Oh my Gosh... does the need to kill computer thugs ever cease to exist?

This morning I came to realize that I am the victim of "email Spoofing."  Anotherwords, my email was forged and an attachment about Viagra (not sure if it is a virus message or not) was sent to everyone in my email directory and possibly beyond.

Anyone have this happen to them?  How have you handled it?

Anyone want to hunt down these scum bags more than me right now? :014: :061: :035:

I notified everyone I could not to open any emails from my home/personal email.  I will go home and do a full scan on my pc.  I will probably kill my email account and start a new one.  I will probably give up my Facebook account.  I have already alerted my bank of a possible hack and added alerts to my accounts.  What else?

Grrrr... how can we fight these %$*^!'s ?



Offline wellco

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Re: Email Spoofing
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011, 03:47:54 PM »
It's a never ending battle....a daily routine these day's to scan your pc and email. It's getting so I hate to open stuff up even from people I know. I feel your pain.... :002:

Online hbiss

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Re: Email Spoofing
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2011, 07:06:56 PM »
I really don't think you need to worry about your bank accounts. Probably is a good idea to get rid of your Facebook account- but not because of what happened. :011:

I see all kinds of strange things with my email from time to time including undeliverables that I never sent. I probably get a dozen or so Viagra or other drug offers every day along with BS messages that my ACH transfer was declined and the account is frozen. I wouldn't actually know though because I set up filtering that kills that kind of stuff before I even see it.

I really wouldn't worry. Run MalwareBytes and the other malware cleaners suggested. If nothing turns up it just may be a one time thing. Just keep an eye on it. Keep in mind that whatever it is may have your address book so even if the spam continues it won't necessarily be from your machine, if it ever really was.

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Offline tonyburkhart

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Re: Email Spoofing
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2011, 08:59:56 PM »
I personally have never had a virus, Trojan, worm, malware in general, etc., but I DBaN my friends and families hard drives all the time and reinstall the OS anew.

1. Have strong passwords, that you change at regular intervals.
2. Don't open email attachments unless they're scanned first.
3. Run some form of MalWare detection/prevention software.
4. Educate yourself on security and threat assessment for computers.
5. Stay updated on software patches/hot-fixes, etc.

This is by no means a complete list, but a general idea of what to do and look for in secutiry related to your daily computing. I don't think you have to delete your FB account, but more so, be aware of the risks and the terms of service you agree to, when signing up for that site.

Sadly, at this point there isn't much you can do for revenge or recovery, other than change all your passwords and update banking info. I despise the asshole humans that do this, but sadly, its the world we live in.
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Offline Rhonda

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Re: Email Spoofing
« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2011, 07:49:56 AM »
Thanks for the updates.

I killed my old email address of 10 years and built a new one.  I'm not adding anyone in my address book.  I'll type them by hand when I need them.

I am going to keep FaceBook but I am running the https version now that does not let me play games or utilize the fun little applications.

No one that I talked to was hit by a virus from me.  Most of them found a viagra ad in the attachment or no attachment at all.

I did a partial and a full scan on my computer and no threats were found.

If I sat down and wrote a vicious letter and put someone elses return address label on it and it went through the mail, it would be considered a "Federal Offense."  I consider someone sending an email with my name attached to it a Federal Offense as well.  I want this entity prosecuted.  Period.

Thanks for all of your input.  I appreciate it.

Offline JWRacedog

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Re: Email Spoofing
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2011, 03:08:24 PM »
I'm making changes all the time, too.  The "https"  is a good one---and works.  I have four passwords that I use, ranging from fairly simple to difficult.  They're all easy for me to remember, so I just try to use them for the appropriate application.  I do not open mail that I don't know the sender.  I use to get Viagra stuff all the time but in the last 3 or 4 years, I don't think I've gotten any at all.  My AOL accounts get a lot of garbage, but I don't even use them.  I just go in once a month or so and delete the e-mails.  Some I read, but not very many. 

I know how you feel, Rhonda.  You would think that it would be easy to track the bastards down.  I wish I knew of a way, too.  Grrrrrrr........!!!
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