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    I have been getting several notifications viz: "delivery to the following recipient failed" and the addressee is one of several like this one " "zebra@clientterra ru"

    I certainly have NOT sent any mail to any of the addresses that show up.

    I have promptly classed them as JUNK or DELETED them

    Anyone know what this is all about???

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    Assuming that your security software is active and up-to-date, it almost certainly means that another, infected computer has been sending spam with your e-mail address as sender, so that you're getting the delivery failed messages. There is little or nothing you can do about that, unfortunately.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='793917' date='18-Sep-2009 13:53']Assuming that your security software is active and up-to-date, it almost certainly means that another, infected computer has been sending spam with your e-mail address as sender, so that you're getting the delivery failed messages. There is little or nothing you can do about that, unfortunately.[/quote]


    Thanx very much Hans.

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    [quote name='HansV' post='793917' date='18-Sep-2009 13:53']Assuming that your security software is active and up-to-date, it almost certainly means that another, infected computer has been sending spam with your e-mail address as sender, so that you're getting the delivery failed messages. There is little or nothing you can do about that, unfortunately.[/quote]

    The worst thing about this situation (when SPAMmers are sending out junk AS IF it were coming FROM you, is that you cannot blacklist or filter out emails coming FROM you (or your domain).

    At the Travel Agency where I work, we have started receiving dozens then hundreds of emails
    signed by existing_names@ourdomain.com and fictitiousnames@ourdomain.com

    We have to all bear it with a grin and delete the messages on a one-by-one basis.
    We have to make absolutely sure NOT to mark them as Junk or Spam so that
    legitimate messages can come through.

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    [quote name='3strokes' post='796335' date='04-Oct-2009 22:45']The worst thing about this situation (when SPAMmers are sending out junk AS IF it were coming FROM you ...[/quote]
    You ought to give MailWasher Pro a try.

    I have a filter setup for the very thing you're overrun with. It's easy to do and gets 98% of them. The filter says: "if the email has MY email address but DOESN'T have "Albert E Hoffman" included, then mark it for deletion. (I always have my full name inside my email address and spammers haven't yet figured that out.) You can, if you like, have it automatically delete, but since I don't have a huge volume, I prefer to scan the list and then hit the button. Every once in awhile the filter does miss one, but not too often.

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    [quote name='3strokes' post='796335' date='04-Oct-2009 22:45'][/quote]
    I forgot to mention the THIRD item in my spoof filter - the return path - so here's a clip of exactly what my filter looks like.

    I arrived at the three with some messing around trial and error AND help from Firetrust support by email. They're excellent for support!

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    [quote name='3strokes' post='796335' date='04-Oct-2009 19:45']The worst thing about this situation (when SPAMmers are sending out junk AS IF it were coming FROM you, is that you cannot blacklist or filter out emails coming FROM you (or your domain).[/quote]
    If you use Exchange Server, then there are no Internet Headers for internal mail. You may be able to use that differentiator to write some Outlook rules to deal with these messages.

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    [quote name='jscher2000' post='796508' date='05-Oct-2009 18:26']If you use Exchange Server, then there are no Internet Headers for internal mail. You may be able to use that differentiator to write some Outlook rules to deal with these messages.[/quote]

    The thing is, we use our ISP's mail service.
    It's up to us (the clients, using Eudora and/or Thunderbird, never Outlook or any
    MS software) to set the filters.
    Unfortunately, the &^^$%&%^^ spammers have asos found our real names
    and variations thereof, names that go with the emails so, I do get emails from:

    "real name" <name@domain.com> or
    real name <name or full real name etc..... @domain.com

    Unfortunately neither Eudora's nor Thunderbird's filters have
    an item for some of the more sophisticated rules or scripts
    you advocate.

    It's just a headache that we have to learn to live with and
    our ISP is unable to come up with a solution. He (They) has
    been fantastic with us and I'm not willing to switch ISPs (or
    email clients) just for this.

    Is anybody considering bringing back the death penalty for Spammers
    and Malware-writers and no-parole-no-imprisonment-immediate-electrocution
    for virus writers?

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    [quote name='Bigaldoc' post='796355' date='05-Oct-2009 06:19']You ought to give MailWasher Pro a try.

    I have a filter setup for the very thing you're overrun with. It's easy to do and gets 98% of them. The filter says: "if the email has MY email address but DOESN'T have "Albert E Hoffman" included, then mark it for deletion. (I always have my full name inside my email address and spammers haven't yet figured that out.) You can, if you like, have it automatically delete, but since I don't have a huge volume, I prefer to scan the list and then hit the button. Every once in awhile the filter does miss one, but not too often.[/quote]

    Thanks. I've just had a look at Mailwasher.

    The irony of the situation is that we are a Travel Agency
    and a huge amount of the emails we receive and do want
    to receive, rates high on the SPAM scales.
    Emails from Airlines, Cruiselines, Holiday Wholesalers, etc.....
    all bear the marks of SPAM. The big red $ signs, For a limited time,
    buy one get one free, blah-blah-blah.

    I am the "filter".

    I let through and redistribute to all the staff the ones
    about Walt Disney Cruises or a new one (therefore not on our white-list)
    which we might be able to push and sell within our market demographics,
    and delete the ones selling a 7 nights (no days) in Count Dracula's castle,
    for left-handed honeymooners with blood type, Z negative.

    I was just worried that, in Thunderbird, declaring an email received from
    Albert E Hoffman <bigal@ouragency.net> as "Junk" would not let Thunderbird
    teach itself —eventually— that anything FROM *@ouragency.com
    with or without Albert or the whole string "Albert E Hoffman" was Junk
    and that Thunderbird would one day junk the email from our President@ouragency.com
    finally, giving me a raise. :-)

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