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Help! My email address got pirated I think

Hi,

I am not good at technology in general, and for the past few days I have been receiving emails in my email address from my very personal email address about funny medecines...I am afraid all my contacts receive the same emails and think it is me sending them.

What do I do to stop this?

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry to bother you with a pb I suppose a 4 yo can solve in 4 sec...I am just not good with all that tech thing...

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Old 20.10.2012, 11:21
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What do I do to stop this?
First, stop texting. Write out your words, that way all will understand.

Next, change your password... Now.

If your contacts have any sense, and if they know you, they will immediately understand that you are not personally sending the spam.
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Hi,

I am not good at technology in general, and for the past few days I have been receiving emails in my email address from my very personal email address about funny medecines...I am afraid all my contacts receive the same emails and think it is me sending them.


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You've been receiving emails to your email address from your own email address?
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Re: Help! My email address got pirated I think

Thanks JC,

And sorry for texting.

I'll change the password now.

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You've been receiving emails to your email address from your own email address?
The OP's address is in the address book of another person, who's address book has most likely been raided by a Trojan, else the OP is on a Spammers list which fakes headers to avoid Spam detection. A deeper inspection of the mail header will reveal the true sender.
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Hi,

I am not good at technology in general, and for the past few days I have been receiving emails in my email address from my very personal email address about funny medecines...I am afraid all my contacts receive the same emails and think it is me sending them.

What do I do to stop this?

Thanks in advance for your help and sorry to bother you with a pb I suppose a 4 yo can solve in 4 sec...I am just not good with all that tech thing...

Regards,
S.
Presumably you have a router, which also acts as a firewall?

Presumably you have your anti-virus software up to date?

Now run your anti-virus software and quarantine any worms/trojans/malware/etc that might be on your machine...
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Re: Help! My email address got pirated I think

Unfortunately, there are hackers that hijack a mail account at the server. It does not have to happen at the end user's computer/software.

Adfab, most don't have correctly configured routers... However, the virus scan with updated software is a great idea for the OP.
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Re: Help! My email address got pirated I think

More fun is to get a new address from a different provider and let the important folks know you won`t be using the old one.

Not as common, I`d imagine, in Switzerland, but quite common in Asia to have accounts hacked. I completely lost my Hotmail acct within months of moving to India, I`m guessing it was shabby setup at the internet provider I was using at the time.
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You've been receiving emails to your email address from your own email address?
Very common attack method its so simply to fake an email address and send one from what ooks like your email address and send it to you
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