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Email hacked?

I believe my email has been hacked. I'm getting a lot of mailer demon replies from people I did not email. What should I do? 

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Re: Email hacked?

Check your Sent folder to see if anything is in there that you know you didn't send. If there is, then the account has been compromised. In that case you need to change the password to something a lot stronger than whatever it is right now, and also change the secret question and answer for the account.

If the Sent folder looks OK, then the most likely thing is that your account is being "spoofed". Spammers can make it look like emails came from you when in fact they did not. If that is the case, there is nothing you can do except notify your contacts of the problem and wait it out. Once a spammer has your email address there is nothing you can do to stop it. But in order to avoid detection they will usually only use an address for a few days or a week and move on to annoy someone else.  They send out to huge lists of email addresses, many of which are not valid for one reason or another, and that explains all the bounces you are seeing.

Also, use your A/V software to run a complete scan of your machine to see if it can find anything wrong.




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