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    Hacked address book - scam

    I had an email today which purported to be from a friend. His email address was in the header and his correct name was at the bottom of the email text – I was not referred to by name. The text was the usual “my family are stranded, please send money”; when I went to delete the email I got the message “sender requires an acknowledgement” – which I did not do. His email address book seems to have been hacked – what are the implications for me first – do I need to change my email address, and secondly what should my friend do.

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    Mike,

    Your friend definitely needs to change his/her email address and most likely all their passwords especially to financial sites of any kink.

    You on the other hand need to evaluate your situation. Since you didn't send an acknowledgement the spammers may just consider your address as dead then again they may not. I'd ask myself the following questions.

    Do I use this Email account for any financial sites as a USERID?
    Do I have strong passwords on these accounts and are they encrypted on my computer?
    Is it virtually impossible for the spammers to tie my Email to my financial sites?

    If you can answer NO, YES, YES you are probably safe.
    However, personally I'd still change my email address, I'm a bit paranoid!
    I actually use 3 email accounts as follows:
    1. Financial sites only
    2. Good Friends/Family only
    3. Everybody else.

    Sometimes I even use throwaway addresses.

    HTH
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    I would have your friend run Malwarebytes (www,Malwarebytes,org) since he could have picked up an infection that turned his PC into a Spam Bot.

    Jerry

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