RE: Help: my e-mail address is being spoofed by a spammer!

Subject: RE: Help: my e-mail address is being spoofed by a spammer!
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 08:56:18 -0500

> I suppose it had to happen. In the past couple hours, some spammer has
> used my e-mail address to spoof the "from:" line of their e-mail
> headers. In the past hour, I've received several hundred bounce
> messages for mail I never sent. (Fortunately, my junk mail filter
> most of it.)
> Any thoughts on what I can do other than buying large quantities of
> antacids? I assume that until the current storm abates--i.e., until
> spammer gets bored because the junk filters are trapping their spoofed
> messages--I'm stuck with the problem unless I'm willing to change
> e-mail addresses and notify a _large_ number of people of the change.
> Fortunately, no angry e-mails yet from victims of the spam.
> (Note: I'm using Mac OS-X, so it's very unlikely I've been infected
> with spyware or had my Mac turned into a spam zombie... no such
> software has been reported yet for the Mac. Also no viruses, though my
> antivirus subscription is up to date.)
> Help!


Unfortunately I don't think there's a lot you can do unless you'd like
to involve your corporate IS people, and if they're willing to pursue
legal action against someone for smearing your corporate domain by
sending SPAM with it. I subscribe to the TECHWR-L list and I have signed
up to occasionally get e-mail from some telecom industry news sites, and
my corporate SPAM filter traps about 20 messages a week where someone
selling anything from pirated MS Office software to knock-off Viagra
pills tries sending stuff to me, from me.

One IS guy suggested I make a GMAIL account (Google e-mail) for
newsgroup subscriptions, but the corporate firewall won't let me access
GMAIL to set up such an account. When I asked a second IS guy said about
that, he said they were worried about people using GMAIL for a lot of
personal e-mail at work. So there goes that idea.

Good luck. I hope the storm passes without too much more annoyance.

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