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Peggy Collins

6 Days Ago

Emails To Me...from Me!

So I keep getting emails "from Amazon" confirming my recent order. Only problem is that I didn't order anything and, get this...the emails originate from my own email address.

How is this even possible?

I change my password every time it happens.

Has this happened to anybody else? Can you explain how this can happen?

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Marlene Burns

6 Days Ago

Yep, happens to me..I see them in my spam folder regularly. When I look at the address of the e mail, Il see that it is not my e mail address, just my name.

 

Chuck De La Rosa

6 Days Ago

It's called spoofing. Actually it's very easy to do. No one has gotten into your Amazon account. At some point some company or one of your friends were compromised and that's how they got your email address which they then send you phishing emails hoping you'll click on something to infect your computer with malware.

 

Mary Bedy

6 Days Ago

As a side note, some of those are surprisingly real looking. NEVER EVER click on the link in your email. I always go directly to the website to look at whatever they are advertising in my email if I'm interested to look further.

 

Peggy Collins

6 Days Ago

Marlene, when I hover over the email, I see that it's coming from my own email address.

Thanks for naming this, Chuck. I've heard of spoofing but didn't realize that's what it meant.

Mary, nope, I don't click on links in the email. I normally don't click on the email either but in this case I did click on it the first time it happened.

All in all, it's just kind of irritating.

 

Marlene Burns

6 Days Ago

Chuck,
So if they just got my name and not my address, did I get spooed or oofed?

 

Chuck De La Rosa

6 Days Ago

Probably both Marlene!

Peggy there is a geeky way to look at the header and see where it really originated from, by IP address. Then again they are very clever about hiding that as well.

 

Marlene Burns

6 Days Ago

;)

 

Peggy Collins

6 Days Ago

Marlene, I go "oof!" every time I get one of these!

Chuck, I was just reading an article about how to check the IP address. No need for that...I know that the email is bogus now and just report it.

Do you think it's necessary to change my password all the time or does it make any diffference?

 

Abbie Shores

6 Days Ago

Peggy, I could send you an email from your address .. It isn't from your address at all but I can make it looks like it is

 

Jimmie Bartlett

6 Days Ago

I get one several times a week from a jerk that says he has hacked my accounts trying to get ransom money in bit coin payment. It's another spoofer, trying to get someone to fall for it. Just because he knows how to fake your address. Changing passwords and running your virus scans frequently is a good practice.

 

Peggy Collins

6 Days Ago

Abbie, please don't, lol! That's what blows my mind though...that it's even possible. This started happening at a certain time that made me suspect it is a certain person doing it, but I won't go any further with that here...

OK, will do, Jimmie, thanks. Such a PITA.

 

Peggy, I'm pretty sure this was the plot of an episode of The Twilight Zone!

 

Peggy Collins

6 Days Ago

Wendy, if it wasn't it should've been, but was email even around at the time of The Twilight Zone?

I distinctly remember back in the days when I was writing short stories and screenplays (and one attempt at a novel), I fervently wished that instead of going to a library to research all kinds of topics, I could just plug a question in somewhere and have it answered for me. Shortly afterwards, the internet came into being. By then I had stopped writing because drumming had taken over my life. Oh well.

 

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