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I just received 2 Spam Emails from My Own Email Address, I have gotten stuff like this before but when I click on the sender usually another return Email shows not what it looks like it's from. I hit reply and sure enough this time it came back to my inbox.
This is the Subject:
YOUR $600,000 (SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ) COMPENSATION.. 05/03/2015
This is the text:
I contacted you some time ago in respect to the funds transfer of my
deceased client . I want to sincerely thank you for your help
initially although you
backed out thinking that the funds transfer was illegal.
aWell, everything was legal
and legit and went well through the assistance of a Briton, the funds
transfer was a success.
I am on vacation now with my family in United Kingdom. In a way to
appreciate your kind gesture, I have dropped a cashier cheque of Six
Hundred Thousand USD ( $600,000) in your
name instructing my personal accountant Mr. Stephen Edem to pay the
sum to you. This is my little way of saying thank you for your initial help.
You are to contact him (Mr. Stephen Edem) on email
ALA OLORUN 05/03/2015 08:40:40
This is the email they tell me to reply to.
I check my sent folder and there is no emails in my sent box. How did I get a SPAM Email where my email was used and when I reply it does reply back to my Email. I usually report spam to SPAM@UCE.GOV but I can't do that with this one because it will look like I am the Spammer. I know I can't block my own Email address and I do use my Email to send stuff to myself so I can save it for later.
Check your Sent folder to see if there are any messages in there you know you did not send. if there are the account has been compromised, and you need to change the password and the secret question and answer. Run a scan of your computer with your security software to see if it finds anything.
If the Sent folder looks OK, then most likely it's a spammer "spoofing" your email address. There is nothing you can do to prevent it once they have the email address, other than wait it out. Most spammers will use an address for a week or two and then move on to annoy someone else. If it persists any longer, try calling Comcast security and ask them to look at the account---------------
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Thanks, I checked my sent folder first thing and there were no emails sent to myself with the topic. It's possible they could have deleted the sent stuff before I got to it. It hasn't happened since and none of the people in my Address book got any suspicious emails from me so I don't think I was hacked. I still can't figure out how they did it. I am pretty good with a computer I did MIS at my last job and I was the one who set up all the email accounts security for all the PCs. I am a stickler about security I run several programs to protect me from malware, spy ware, trojans, viruses etc. It make my PC run a little slower but it's a small price to pay for security. Of course after I got a spam email from myself I ran everything and nothing came up. It hasn't happened again so I think it might have been a one time think. If it happenes again I will look into even further maybe back up my files and reboot the system.
Assuming it's a case of spoofing, there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Here is a good article on the subject from a newsletter I subscribe to-------------------
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