cptkrell
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MAILER-DAEMON Email

Sun Aug 31, 2003 10:18 pm

Recently I have been receiving MAILER-DAEMON Returned mail:user unknown Emails, without sending any mail. Fearing a virus or some other scam, I delete these without opening. Wondering if anybody else has experienced this. Maybe it's just a glitch in all these electronic web thingies?...Jack
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goingboeing
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RE: MAILER-DAEMON Email

Sun Aug 31, 2003 11:13 pm

Most likely, someone is using your e-mail address as a "spoof", so that it looks like you have sent the e-mail, then it tries spamming all these invalid addresses and you are the lucky recipient of all the "delivery failure" messages. It happened to me and for about a month, I got on average about 200 "delivery failure" messages per day. My ISP could care less, so I was tempted to just let them fill up my mailbox (I quit using the ISP required e-mail account anyway), but then I figured they'd punish me, so I dutifully checked the e-mail and promptly deleted everything.
 
cptkrell
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RE: MAILER-DAEMON Email

Mon Sep 01, 2003 12:44 am

Hmmm, I should think that folks would have more valuable stuff to do w/ their time...anyway, thanks for the info, Goeingboeing; I understand it a bit better now...Jack
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dc-10 levo
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RE: MAILER-DAEMON Email

Mon Sep 01, 2003 1:39 am

I got one last week and deleted it. It does contain the virus sobig.f or something like that so delete it if you receive another.

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Big777jet
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RE: MAILER-DAEMON Email

Mon Sep 01, 2003 2:57 am

Usually, If I send email to someone and it takes a few minutes later it returns to my email with "Mailer-Daemon Email". It's okay to open email but never open if you don't send email to someone's email. If you were still online for a long time. That's mean you are safe. Never open email if you don't sent email or more than a few hours later. Do not open email.

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IMissPiedmont
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RE: MAILER-DAEMON Email

Mon Sep 01, 2003 1:00 pm

The returned mail does not contain the sobig.f worm, it means the worm has your e-mail address in its file and is sending mail with your address. Just delete all the notices, your e-maill address book and let people know you will be changing your e-mail address.

You'll have no luck with a virus scan as it is not a virus. It has your address and uses it. The only option is to change. Make it over 11 characters and containing numbers and letters. You'll be OK then.
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