I never sent an email to this person

  cas4 21:06 11 Jan 2009

Hi there, I have just received a reply from Mailer Daemon advising that an email from my address to someone I have never heard of was not able to be delivered. (see below). How has somebody got hold of my email address to send emails in my name? What can I do about it? Has this happened to anyone else? Help please! Thanks.

[email protected] Save Addresses

(my email address)

Jan 09 2009, 09:26 AM
failure notice Show full header

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at vanadium.nexen.net.
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

[email protected]>:
Sorry, no mailbox here by that name. (#5.1.1)

--- Below this line is a copy of the message.

Return-Path: (my email address)
Received: (qmail 7426 invoked from network); 9 Jan 2009 09:26:32 -0000
Received: from dsl85-106-54289.ttnet.net.tr (
by vanadium.nexen.net with SMTP; 9 Jan 2009 09:26:32 -0000
Message-ID: [email protected]>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2009 11:26:32 +0200
From: (my email adress)
User-Agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20081230)
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: [email protected]
Subject: Vzyal za grud'

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  DippyGirl 21:32 11 Jan 2009

Somebody you do know has a compromised system ?

  cas4 21:52 11 Jan 2009

Hi DippyGirl
Don't know anyone who may have a compromised system. I only use this particular email address when I am buying stuff on internet sites, Amazon, CD Wow etc.

  MAT ALAN 21:56 11 Jan 2009

The only way it can compromise your system is if you keep opening emails like this (its obviously spam)..

DO NOT be tempted to open anything like this, if you have no idea where its come from just DELETE it...

  bluto1 21:57 11 Jan 2009

Forgive me if you're not guilty of forwarding emails with a load of addressees in the TO section of your outgoing mail. I get 5 or 10 emails daily that I sometimes delete and sometimes forward. All bar one of the people who send them leaves all the old email addresses on the forwarded mail, sometimes as much as 25 addresses, leaving themselves open to anybody who cares to, to use those addresses.
The answer is to delete all the addresses, after selecting 'Forward' then sending one copy to yourself and putting any other recipients addresses in the BCC section. Most folk on this forum know this and use it as a matter of basic security. Like one or two other things it needs telling again.

  DieSse 02:02 12 Jan 2009

Probably someone has spoofed your address. It didn't really get sent from your address, it just looks as if it was.

Delete and ignore.

I get them all the time.

  DieSse 02:16 12 Jan 2009

"How has somebody got hold of my email address"

A common way is to "guess" them, by generating huge amounts on a computer. To help avoid this, use a complex/long email address.

  swapper 06:40 12 Jan 2009

I have been spoofed within the last couple of months, I was getting obscene links to sites, the annoying thing about it is that it was from mys own email address.

It has now stopped, but there is a way of finding the sender, it seems a bit complicated, but if it happens again I will follow it through.

good luck

  cas4 22:40 15 Jan 2009

Many thanks to all for your comments and advice. You have given me much food for thought.

  jarani 23:00 15 Jan 2009

I am with Orange

I get up to 300 spam emails daily
which go into a spam file which I delete daily
of which some 25 are usually of undelivered emails type

for the life of me I cannot see why would anyone
wish to send these or what purpose do they serve

just delete and forget

  Dmiles 07:14 16 Jan 2009

I take it that you have got a decent "spam catcher" if not - come back !

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