I have recently started to receive numourous emails into one of my email accounts. These emails mostly refer to Share trading and the like and others would appear to be from Mail delivery services informing me that the mail which I sent to ***** could not be delivered for a variety of reasons such as the mail address does not exist or the mail is suspected spam etc.
I remember some time ago there was a Trojan or something that was using mail addresses from Contact lists to send out mails referring to Shares so I suspect my problem is something to do with this.
I have checked my Mail Outbox and none of these email are listed as having been sent from my account. I have also run Norton system tools and Microsoft Defender which are both up to date and they are not showing any problems with my PC.
Is it possible that my email address has been highjacked and these messages are being sent from someone elses PC unknown to them?
Any help on this would be appreaciated as I'm receiving up to 30 messages a day and starting to get very frustrated.
Many people are wise to ordinary spam and delete them without opening. The supposed "returned" mails are a spoof to try and get you to open the mails (which may contain sales pitches, viruses or whatever).
In the normal course of using the internet, your email address is likely to get harvested at some point and used for sending spam to you. Ultimatley, there is not a lot you can do to prevent it happening (other than not using your email address). Rather, you take action once it has happened (by using spam filters, changing your email address periodically etc.)