Sudden surge of spam to mysefl, (not) sent by me
Thread poster: Clarisa Moraña

Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 22:41
Member (2002)
English to Spanish
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May 10, 2008

As usual, please forgive me if this is not the right forum, but there are to many fora to know exactly the correct one.

I've been receiving lot of spam in the last hour - I have my own domain hosted by proz, spam filter and Box Trapper ON - PLEASE, let me know what can I do for stopping the spam that reaches me as sent by me.

According to the messages received , I'm the one sending the spams to other people; e.g, someone supposedly called "Jeromy Razial" (a fake name, sure) is using my email address.

SAMPLE:




Your message to: drobinson@hxxons.com
was blocked by our Spam Firewall. The email you sent with the following subject has NOT BEEN DELIVERED:

Subject: Selling fine new & preowned watches on line since 1996




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Received: from 122.194.92.216 (localhost [127.0.0.1])
by barracuda.hxxons.com (Spam Firewall) with ESMTP id C528A3CE9A
for ; Fri, 9 May 2008 21:34:26 -0400 (EDT)
Received: from 122.194.92.216 ([122.194.92.216]) by barracuda.hansons.com with ESMTP id V2et6FJWbxm4Y3iR for ; Fri, 09 May 2008 21:34:26 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Fri, 09 May 2008 23:47:22 +0000
Message-ID:
From: "jeromy razial"
To: "Lea Macdonald"
Subject: Selling fine new & preowned watches on line since 1996
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
charset="iso-8859-1"
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

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OR

From MAILER-DAEMON Sat May 10 01:41:36 2008
Received: from www.levante.de ([212.101.151.130]:34964 ident=mail)
by blue.host.proz.com with esmtp (Exim 4.68)
id 1Jue5T-0004LF-Mz
for cmorana@my domain.com; Sat, 10 May 2008 01:41:36 +0000
Received: from mail by www.levante.de with local (Exim 3.36 #1 (Debian))
id 1Jue5R-0006Oy-00
for ; Sat, 10 May 2008 03:41:21 +0200
From: Mail Delivery System
To: cmorana@MY OWN DOMAIN.com
Subject: Warning: message 1Jubue-0002WP-00 delayed 2 hours
Message-Id:
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 03:41:21 +0200
X-Spam-Status: No, score=0.0
X-Spam-Score: 0
X-Spam-Bar: /
X-Spam-Flag: NO
X-Antivirus: AVG for E-mail 7.5.524 [269.23.10/1421]
Mime-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain

This message was created automatically by mail delivery software (Exim).

A message that you sent has not yet been delivered to one or more of its
recipients after more than 2 hours on the queue on www.levante.de.

The message identifier is: 1Jubue-0002WP-00
The subject of the message is: No doctor visits
The date of the message is: Fri, 09 May 2008 21:34:32 +0000

The address to which the message has not yet been delivered is:

diana.koch@gsponer.com

No action is required on your part. Delivery attempts will continue for
some time, and this warning may be repeated at intervals if the message
remains undelivered. Eventually the mail delivery software will give up,
and when that happens, the message will be returned to you.

Kind regards

Clarisa Moraña



[Edited at 2008-05-10 01:52]

[Edited at 2008-05-10 01:53]


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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 22:41
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20 messages in one hour May 10, 2008

I've received almost 20 similar messages in one hour, all af them with different headins.



Kind regards

Clarisa Moraña

[Edited at 2008-05-10 01:56]


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
Finland
Local time: 04:41
Member (2003)
Finnish to German
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Can happen to anyone May 10, 2008

Some years ago I recieved lots of these, but then it stopped. Nowadays I get about one Viagra-message per day from my own email-address.
Don't worry.
Regards
Heinrich


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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 22:41
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Or... being a female... May 10, 2008

Heinrich Pesch wrote:

Some years ago I recieved lots of these, but then it stopped. Nowadays I get about one Viagra-message per day from my own email-address.
Don't worry.
Regards
Heinrich



I'm sending myself offers for increase the size of ...

Thanks, Heinrich, I hope it stops soon.


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Elena Robles Sanjuan  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:41
English to Spanish
It´s not you May 10, 2008

Hi, Clarisa,

Not long ago, I received loads of e-mails whose sender appeared to be me as well.

With this little trick, you´ll realise that the culprit is most definitely someone else.

Open one of the e-mails and look for an option that allows you to expand all the headings (in my e-mails, I can see an option that reads "Encabezados completos" on the bottom right-hand corner). Once you´ve done that, you´ll see that the e-mail has been going around from server to server and that the real sender is someone far away (in Russia, probably).

The most likely reason for this is that at a certain point, you´ve become part of a chain of e-mails and that spammers then picked yours and loads of other addresses from there. As you are part of the chain, it gives you the impression that you were the sender, but that´s not the case.

I hope this helps.


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 18:41
English to German
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Can happen to anyone? Don't worry? I beg to differ. May 10, 2008

Two cases:

- Around 2005 I received countless hate-mails as well as a ton of MAILER DAEMON messages. Countless Nazi-pamphlets have been sent in my name. I contacted the BKA (the German FBI) and the local police. It took less than 15 minutes and the cops were at my house. They take this seriously. We went through the files and I was working with their IT-department for quite a while.

Result: Sober worm, remember? BTW, the Nazi-stuff was never sent from Germany. It was simply a student at a US university who had spent 2 semesters at a German university. I know his name and his university (also the German one). Wikipedia and press releases are absolutely wrong.

- Around the same time I received approximately 100 emails per minute from whatever address. In this case it is a good idea to call your phone company and have them block this address and clean your mailbox. Worked well for me.

Other than that and due to the things that I had to learn the really hard way - my mailbox is absolutely spam-free.


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Charlie Bavington  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:41
French to English
Also May 10, 2008

It might be someone who has decided to use your email address, as you said.

You should also be aware that it could actually be your mailbox that is being used, hijacked by a virus. This happened to me once. I had a dial-up connection at the time, and noticed huge amounts of activity when I wasn't actually actively browsing. One of those adaware/hijackthis etc. type progs got rid of it for me. Just an idea.


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Michelle McBride  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:41
Japanese to English
Just in case... May 10, 2008

Hi - I'm probably completely WAY off, but I'll add my experience to this too as it really was just terrible! It does sound to me too like a virus.

About 8 years ago I had what sounds like the exact same issue - I started getting nearly a hundred mails a day of mailer-daemon/undeliverable emails sent out from my address that I never sent. At first it was just the odd one or two, but it was non-stop after a while. I would also see mail bounce back saying it was blocked as it was dangerous - and it turned out to be a Trojan Horse virus! Basically, the virus gets in to you computer and starts accessing your address book to send out mail. It just spreads from there, your address basically is hijacked. I did not have virus protection at the time (or not enough of it) so I was able to get a free scan on an anti-virus site that identified it. However, the virus was designed to BLOCK downloading the tools to fix it. I'm no computer expert, but in the end I was able to download on to a floppy the fix tools from the anti-virus site on another PC and then pop it into my own to finally repair it.

The only thing that couldn't be fixed is your email address, as it will remain a host to the virus for sending out spam. You have to get yourself a new one.

And yes, I started paying for full anti-virus coverage since the day I got rid of the Trojan Horse!


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Alexey Ivanov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 04:41
English to Russian
I had a similar problem 3 weeks ago May 10, 2008

One day I suddenly began receiving huge numbers of similar messages. My record for 1 day was 652 messages. I wrote to Support and they helped me to fix it. The main idea is to change the default address to 'blackhole' into which all of these letters vanish.

Here's a copy of the message from Support (actually they were kind enough to do it for me).
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By changing your default address to ':blackhole:', your hosting account should automatically take care of removing theses messages, along with any other that is not specifically addressed to your exact email address.

This should greatly reduce the frequency at which you see this type of message, if not wipe them out entirely.

I did this:
1) Logged into your cpanel interface.
2) Clicked the mail icon.
3) Clicked 'Default Address'.
4) Clicked 'Set Default Address'.
5) Entered ':blackhole:' into the form and click 'Change'.
Unquote

I also edited my white list entering all my clients' addresses into it.
After that the messages ceased. Try this.


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Clarisa Moraña  Identity Verified
Argentina
Local time: 22:41
Member (2002)
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blackhole activated May 11, 2008

While the spams suddenly stopped, as foreseen by Heinrich, I activated the blackhole as suggested by Alexey, just in case. I've only received one more spam since that. That's great!

I also did a virus scan, and the log showed that there was no virus in my PC.

Thank you all for the useful input!

Clarisa


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