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Spam emails from me to me

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GrannyGalactica Wed 07-Sep-16 11:25:05

My junk mail box is regularly filled with such rubbish as offers of cheap Viagra, appeals from "friends" needing cash and invitations to date Eastern European lovelies. For some time now I have blocked the senders of these emails. This doesn't stop the bombardment as there are plenty more senders out there but it gives me a good feeling. Recently, though, I'm finding it impossible to block some senders because the emails appear to come from me! How are these people able to use my email address as the sender and is there anything I can do to stop it?

Elegran Wed 07-Sep-16 11:35:34

Check with someone on your email address list on whether THEY have also received spam messages which appear to come from you! If they have, it is possible that someone has been able to sneak into your email account and use it to send spam. They do this if they have been banned from their own account for spamming.

Others can advise you better than me on how to deal with it - but one thing you could do is to download and install a free malware checker like Malwarebytes to clean your computer.

cornergran Wed 07-Sep-16 12:10:13

The simplest thing is to change your email password. Do it via your providers site and then if you use something like Outlook change it there as well. Has worked for us in the past. But yes, make sure your protection software is as good as you can get.

GrannyGalactica Wed 07-Sep-16 12:30:49

Many thanks. I've installed Malwarebytes and scanned the pc (2 threats detected and removed) and I'll see about changing my password. I cringe at the thought of my friends seeing me apparently promoting "free meds" and dating sites for "like minded adults" shock

Wobblybits Wed 07-Sep-16 12:57:47

If the messages are going into your spam email box, don't worry about them, they will get automatically deleted. Any you get into your normal mail box just flag as spam. I get dozens in spam, hardly ever look at it. Providing you are running up to date anti virus software it is unlikely that they have hacked your email account, more likely someone you have sent an email to some time in the past. I had a similar instance where people were getting spam from me, but those people were not even in my contact list.

Changing your passwords regularly is a good thing to do regardless.

NanaMacGeek Wed 07-Sep-16 22:22:46

Have a look at this link:
I think it about covers the issue. I think I would consider changing to a different email provider as suggested. I get hardly any spam at all (I probably shouldn't have said that - but it's true at the moment). The only other suggestion I have is that if you send out an email to a list of recipients, use the blind blind copy (bcc) function so that no recipient sees anyone else's email address. Also encourage friends and family to do the same. Sending out lists of email addresses makes everyone more vulnerable to the spammers. Good luck.