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Spam emails masquerading behind your email address - what to do?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Brain101, 9 May 2006.

  1. Brain101


    Joined: 24 Mar 2003

    Posts: 41

    An annoying American company is sending out spam random emails - nothing new there. But they are making it look like they are being sent from my business email address, which is giving us some serious aggravation from angry people mailing us with "UNSUBSCRIBE ME YOU *!*@#'ERS!". They tend to call me a liar if I say "it's not from us". And then question my parentage. Hmmm.

    Help! Any idea what I can do?
  2. Adam_151


    Joined: 18 May 2004

    Posts: 2,729

    Location: Lincoln, Uk

    Drop them some info on how easy it is to spoof SMTP and tell them to @*~@ off ? (or more polite if they are more polite)

    Oh and see if its at all possible to track down the yank company and ask that they very well explain the reasoning behind this before telling them in no uncertain terms of where they can stick their spam
  3. Vonhelmet


    Joined: 28 Jun 2005

    Posts: 48,107

    Location: On the hoods

    Nothing you can do about it. It probably means that someone who has you in their address book has got a worm of some kind which has set up a spam relay on their machine, which is sending loads of mails and spoofing the from address using addresses out of their address book.
  4. SCM


    Joined: 20 Jan 2004

    Posts: 672

    Location: Fife, Scotland/Hell

    I had this with a previous email address of mines being spoofed and reported it to my ISP abuse department to deal with. I am assuming they managed to sort it out as shortly afterwards the replies to the faked emails from my spoofed address dried up.

  5. lordrobs


    Joined: 30 Sep 2003

    Posts: 14,888

    Location: Mulbarton, Norwich

    We've got this problem with our work email address which is done via yahoo (yeah I know, it was done before my time here :p ) its a real pain in the rear.

    Every day my first job is to delete all the "Failed Delivery" replies to try and get to our actual emails. I emailed Yahoo about it and they were kind enough to reply 3 days later with a generic email detailing many different ways of stopping receiving spam emails :rolleyes:

    We would change the address but getting everything with our email address on changed would cost us £1000's which we simply don't have :(
  6. 6thElement


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,055

    Location: In my penthouse, Park Ave

    I have this problem with my domain, I don't use it to send email but any mail it receives gets forwarded to an email account I do use. Every day there's a a flood of the undelivered cruddy spam replies :/
  7. Dtab


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,761

    Location: Oswestry

    had this problem recently with someone just sticking random letters infront of my real addy and using that to send out his junk.I was getting 40+ failed delivery emails a day,makes me wonder how many were getting through.ISP fixed it for me,with the bonus that i now get no unrelated spam at all either :)
    The contents of the returned emails were bizzarre too,just largish passages of text seemingly c+p'd at random.
  8. DannyDan


    Joined: 6 Jun 2005

    Posts: 2,669

    Location: Wirral, UK

    Dont bother replying, just ignore them
  9. Tank


    Joined: 14 Nov 2004

    Posts: 222

    I have had this problem in the past with spammers spoofing email addresses belonging to domain names that I own.

    While it is annoying i've never had anyone reply asking to be unsubscribed.