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shmuckers
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 4:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

So, I'm sure you all know about e-mail spam. Anyway, I noticed in one of my e-mails I got spam from myself? The funny thing is the name in the header was different. Should I be worried? My password and secret question are fine, nothing has been deleted or whatever. Anything I should do? Thanks!
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TaleSpinner
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Joined: 27 Apr 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:05 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

99.9% of the time, this is nothing to worry about. Some information in Email Headers can be spoofed, and some spam kits will make it look like a message was sent by the receiver to get around filters. You can look at the email headers, find the line closest to the bottom that says "Received [...] by:". This will show the first mail server the message hit on it's way to you. For example... say your email address is [email protected]. The headers say something alog the lines of:
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Received:  from 111.111.111.111 by servernamehere.yahoo.com
To:  [email protected]
From:  [email protected]
then message couldn't have been sent from your account and was definitely spoofed. Nothing to be done about it and no cause for alarm, just delete it. Smile

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