Email returned to sender-but I didn't send it

  matt-few 20:23 15 Apr 2006
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Over the last three days I have received approx 20 emails from isps, companies and postmasters advising I have sent emails to invalid email addresses - I but have sent them emails.

The headers included in the emails look similar to the ones I have seen over the years, but they arn't me. They are using Outlook Express, but I don't!!

The domain name used is my, but the prefix before the @domain-name is not - examples used include [email protected] & [email protected] name.

Is this a virus working away in my pc or the next level of spam / hackers trying to gain access to my computer?

I have tried two anti-virus programs and spyware programs independently of either other and both have found nothing.

Any suggestions?

  VoG II 20:25 15 Apr 2006

It is possible that one of your contacts has a virus that is sending out e-mails 'spoofed' from their address book.

  Woolwell 20:36 15 Apr 2006

I have also been receiving these irritating e-mails (at least 20 in the last 3 days) stating that originals couldn't be delivered. I have scanned my PC for virus and done spyware checks with thankfully nil results.
I have come to the conclusion that either one of my contacts has a virus or it is a form of spam/virus propogation. They come with an attachment. Do not open it.

  matt-few 20:52 15 Apr 2006

That's what I hoped - I didn't fancy doing a new windows install over the Easter weekend!!

After checking with two a/virus software and spyware checker, I still couldn't find anything. As this email address ends in .com I thought I was more likely to be spam.

  matt-few 20:52 15 Apr 2006

That's what I hoped - I didn't fancy doing a new windows install over the Easter weekend!!

After checking with two a/virus software and spyware checker, I still couldn't find anything. As this email address ends in .com I thought I was more likely to be spam.

  phono 21:11 15 Apr 2006

I would agree entirely with VoG™, one/some of your contacts has/have most likely got a virus which is spoofing emails from their address book.

  denali 00:51 16 Apr 2006

matt-few I had this a while back. One day I had 217 e-mails. I am on AOL contacted them and the advised I change my password. I did so and the problem disappeared.

  Forum Editor 01:07 16 Apr 2006

and I think it's happening to tens of thousands of people at the moment.

On average I receive six or seven 'bounced' emails a day - mail which I haven't sent. Several in-depth scans, using various anti-virus applications have revealed nothing. It's spoofing at work, and there's not much you can do about it.

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