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SPAM coming from my email address RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am receiving SPAM email addressed to my email address and apparently sent from my same email address. Does this mean my computer is infected, has become a spam slave for a spammer somewhere? Why hasn't LIve OneCare found a problem with the computer, if someone has placed a trojan house, worm, virus, malware, etc. in it in order to rebroadcast spam???
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 6:18 AM

Answers

  • This is more of an annoyance than a security issue. Spammers are known to spoof e-mail addresses to help disguise the source of the spam. Because your e-mail address is in the from field does not mean the spam was sent from your computer or your e-mail account. This article explains other ways your e-mail address could appear in the from field of a spam e-mail - http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/553931.html
    Jim - MVP Windows Live - Forum Moderator - Live One Care - Live Mesh
    Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:28 PM
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