Last evening I checked my emails as usual (I am on hotmail) - I had a message from 'allegedly' from a friend (who is on my safe contact list) and who often sends me odds and ends but it wouldn't open so I just deleted it and got on with life! (turned out it wasn't from her - they had got her contacts list too.)
During the evening I received a text from my son saying I had just sent him an email and he thought it was a scam so check my security. I knew I had NOT sent him any email and wasn't even on hotmail at that time. I immediately went into hotmail and changed my password. On checking my 'sent' box - which I had emptied earlier I discovered that 'I' had sent 172 messages!
Obviously someone had hacked into my email and sent these junk messages to everyone on my contacts list.
These emails are entitled in the subject line - short words such as 'incredible' 'wow' 'hey' 'get this' and the like.
I have checked with the experts at PC World this morning as to be honest I am a total numpty where these things are concerned. They have reassured me that these do not appear to contain any virus but that someone had obviously got hold of my email address and it was simply mischief - but very annoying mischief
GNtech - you have probably received one allegedly from me - but I assure it is NOT from me. PC World have advised that the only way to be totally free of it is to change my email address - but at the very least change my password which I had already done.
Girls - if you receive any email with silly titles like these even from a trusted sender BEWARE and check your 'sent' box as you may find 'you' have sent them on to all your contacts. Change your password immediately!
GNTech - Advise us all please ! Do you think it is really necessary to change email address????
I will do if it is the best to do but it is an awful nuisance and makes me so angry !!!
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