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Receiving fake spam emails on Thunderbird from myself.

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Turned my computer on at work and I'm receiving a flood of spam emails from my own email address every minute that Thunderbird checks for new emails. Every message is titled "MyFax message from "unknown" - 3 page(s)" all with To: norepc@mefax.com. This makes no sense as to why I'm receiving these emails if the To: address is not my address and the From: address is my address. I don't know what else to say other than I have avast home edition and wtf.

I have since created a filter to delete messages with when To: is norepc@mefax.com. I also do not see anything out of the ordinary in Task Manager. ____________________________________________ Fax Message [Caller-ID: 1-407-785-4412]

http://www.donsfoods.com/messages/get_message.php

You have received a 3 page fax at Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:45:24 +0000.

  • The reference number for this fax is chd_did11-18877884137-10246670835-402.

View this fax using your PDF reader. Thank you for using the MyFax service! ____________________________________________

Fax Message [Caller-ID: 1-407-592-8824]

http://drunkdriverattorney.com/messages/get_message.php

You have received a 3 page fax at Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:48:45 +0000.

  • The reference number for this fax is chd_did11-18841704877-10126958647-561.

View this fax using your PDF reader. Thank you for using the MyFax service! ______________________________________________

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It is highly likely that someone is just abusing your email address and sending to any email address in your name. If the sent to address does not exist then the mail is undelivered and you get a Mailor Daemon message. This will probably be the first you will know of this happening.

What to do: Do not respond to any of those emails - delete them. Add your own personal signature to your emails and send out an email to all your friends stating that someone has been abusing your email address. Tell them that genuine emails from you will always have the special signature as shown in that email. Apologise for any inconvenience and then always use the signature in your emails.

Eventually, they give up and stop using it especially if they do not get people responding. Make sure you do not display your email address in any forums etc. Tell friends and family to never send or forward any emails to other people which contain your email address - ask them to remove email address if forwarding. People have a habit of forwarding 'humerous' emails to other friends without removing all the email addresses before sending and you have no idea where those emails end up.

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oh and I changed the outgoing server address to a non-functional address and I received no error messages so none of these emails are outbound.

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Chosen Solution

It is highly likely that someone is just abusing your email address and sending to any email address in your name. If the sent to address does not exist then the mail is undelivered and you get a Mailor Daemon message. This will probably be the first you will know of this happening.

What to do: Do not respond to any of those emails - delete them. Add your own personal signature to your emails and send out an email to all your friends stating that someone has been abusing your email address. Tell them that genuine emails from you will always have the special signature as shown in that email. Apologise for any inconvenience and then always use the signature in your emails.

Eventually, they give up and stop using it especially if they do not get people responding. Make sure you do not display your email address in any forums etc. Tell friends and family to never send or forward any emails to other people which contain your email address - ask them to remove email address if forwarding. People have a habit of forwarding 'humerous' emails to other friends without removing all the email addresses before sending and you have no idea where those emails end up.

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suggest you check that they have not managed to get a virus onto your computer. Start computer in safe mode and then run scan.

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I disabled the message filter a few hours after reporting this issue. It seems whoever was abusing my email ceased.