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Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

  1. #1


    12juline Guest

    Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

    HELP!! E-mail messages has been sent out from my Hotmail account without me
    having to do with it. This is approx the 3rd or 4th time that it happened and
    I am getting concerned about the security of my account. I am so embarrassed
    to all my contacts because they are receiving e-mails which are actually not
    from me. They are usually messages with a link to a website selling
    electronic goods and what-have-you's!! It’s a hotmail.com account but which I
    usually access via the web or by something that looks like Outlook Express. I
    am worried that my hotmail account has been hacked! What should I do to stop
    this from happening again??? Please help. Please reply ASAP!



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  2. #2


    Charlie Tame Guest

    Re: Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

    It is common for spammers to use someone else's email address so it does
    not necessarily mean that your account has been "Hacked', although you
    could consider changing the password. Often they pick up an email
    address for a newsgroup such as this one or they get them from one
    careless contact who has "Forwarded" something like a joke to 37 people
    and left their email addresses in there. It gets on the net and you've
    more or less had it from that point on because there is not much anyone
    can do to stop the abuse once it starts.

    It is possible to tell roughly where an email came from by reading the
    "Headers", the part you don't normally see. DO any of your friends who
    get these emails know how to do that?

    12juline wrote:

    > HELP!! E-mail messages has been sent out from my Hotmail account without me
    > having to do with it. This is approx the 3rd or 4th time that it happened and
    > I am getting concerned about the security of my account. I am so embarrassed
    > to all my contacts because they are receiving e-mails which are actually not
    > from me. They are usually messages with a link to a website selling
    > electronic goods and what-have-you's!! It’s a hotmail.com account but which I
    > usually access via the web or by something that looks like Outlook Express. I
    > am worried that my hotmail account has been hacked! What should I do to stop
    > this from happening again??? Please help. Please reply ASAP!
    >
    >


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  3. #3


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

    You can't stop a spammer from using your email address as his 'From'
    address. Luckily, this will be a short-lived problem because the spammer
    will quickly change to a different 'From' address.
    To prevent this from happening you'd have to make sure your actual
    email address is never revealed in a public forum of any kind. If you
    must post in a public forum, use a fake or throw-away email address.

    --
    Gary VanderMolen, Microsoft MVP (Mail)
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/def...le/vandermolen


    "12juline" <12juline@newsgroup> wrote in message news:9165C862-E8FA-4F5E-81AE-F144C51FCEBC@newsgroup

    > HELP!! E-mail messages has been sent out from my Hotmail account without me
    > having to do with it. This is approx the 3rd or 4th time that it happened and
    > I am getting concerned about the security of my account. I am so embarrassed
    > to all my contacts because they are receiving e-mails which are actually not
    > from me. They are usually messages with a link to a website selling
    > electronic goods and what-have-you's!! It’s a hotmail.com account but which I
    > usually access via the web or by something that looks like Outlook Express. I
    > am worried that my hotmail account has been hacked! What should I do to stop
    > this from happening again??? Please help. Please reply ASAP!
    >
    >

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  4. #4


    slk759 Guest

    Re: Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

    This can be a scary situation for sure. Spammers typically just set their
    From address to yours that they've obtained from almost anywhere, so the
    mail is not necessarily using your actual account (hacked), just your
    address is being used / displayed. All you can do is get the header
    information and forward that to one of the SPAM watchdogs at the FCC, FBI or
    wherever (some ISPs have a reporting mechanism), but they need the whole
    email with the headers. Generally you can see the header if you right click
    the email, go to Properties, and review the Details. Their IP address
    (that's the address that looks like 123.123.123.123) will be theirs and
    they've just put your "English" address on the mail.

    There isn't really anything you can do and the watchdog groups get so many
    of these that you shouldn't expect too much from them. But rest assured
    this has happened to very many people so there is no need to feel
    embarrassed.

    Just open up another email address and send it to all of your contacts with
    a note that your address has been compromised and you have a new one. Maybe
    send it a couple of times to make sure they get it. Then shut down the
    other account with your ISP.

    And try to be safe with your new address - you might consider opening up a
    special email address at one of the "free" places (mail.com or wherever) to
    use specifically anywhere you might be accessing a SPAM generating site. If
    you are not competent of who you are doing business with, give them this
    special address until your relationship is "secure" enough to trust them
    with your "real" address. Only give your real address to your relatives,
    closest friends, and major companies with whom you do business.



    "12juline" <12juline@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:9165C862-E8FA-4F5E-81AE-F144C51FCEBC@newsgroup

    > HELP!! E-mail messages has been sent out from my Hotmail account without
    > me
    > having to do with it. This is approx the 3rd or 4th time that it happened
    > and
    > I am getting concerned about the security of my account. I am so
    > embarrassed
    > to all my contacts because they are receiving e-mails which are actually
    > not
    > from me. They are usually messages with a link to a website selling
    > electronic goods and what-have-you's!! It’s a hotmail.com account but
    > which I
    > usually access via the web or by something that looks like Outlook
    > Express. I
    > am worried that my hotmail account has been hacked! What should I do to
    > stop
    > this from happening again??? Please help. Please reply ASAP!
    >
    >

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  5. #5


    Sam Hobbs Guest

    Re: Spam e-mails being sent from my Hotmail account to all my contacts

    If your contacts are receiving messages that appear to be from you then that
    is a problem different from the one most replies here are saying. When you
    say contacts, do you mean the contacts in your computer or do you mean the
    contacts online in your Hotmail account?

    You might get clues by looking at the headers in the messages that your
    contacts receive, but it is a little complicated to explain how to do that.


    "12juline" <12juline@newsgroup> wrote in message
    news:9165C862-E8FA-4F5E-81AE-F144C51FCEBC@newsgroup

    > HELP!! E-mail messages has been sent out from my Hotmail account without
    > me
    > having to do with it. This is approx the 3rd or 4th time that it happened
    > and
    > I am getting concerned about the security of my account. I am so
    > embarrassed
    > to all my contacts because they are receiving e-mails which are actually
    > not
    > from me. They are usually messages with a link to a website selling
    > electronic goods and what-have-you's!! It’s a hotmail.com account but
    > which I
    > usually access via the web or by something that looks like Outlook
    > Express. I
    > am worried that my hotmail account has been hacked! What should I do to
    > stop
    > this from happening again??? Please help. Please reply ASAP!
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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