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    I regularly receive junk emails from my own Gmail account

    My main email address is “myname”@online.no(with my present ISP). I also have a Gmail account which I do not use on adaily basis. The email address here is “myname”@gmail.com.Some time ago, I started receiving junk emails every day, apparently sent frommy own Gmail account to my main account (from “myname”@gmail.com to “myname”@online.no.The content is always trying to make me click a link in order to cash in an amount of money or something like it. I suspect ransomware is hiding under the link. I have been asking around but it seems thatno one else whom I know is receiving these emails from “me”.
    I have been planning to start using this Gmail account as my main email account, but now I really don’tknow. Can anyone tell me what this is and possibly give me an advice how tostop it? Would it help to cancel my Gmail account and establish a new one ? (aterrible job I think).

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    Use another computer to change the password and then give your machine a scan with something like the free version of MBAM.

    https://www.malwarebytes.com/

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    Thanks! I have done what you're suggesting. Malwarebytes found nothing suspicious. So now I guess I'll have to wait for a while to see if it stops!
    Br. Jan Erik

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    If your username is one of your actual email addresses then I would advise you to PM one of the Mods to change it, as you could end up getting more spam.

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    Sounds like someone has figured out your password. Change your Google password immediately and get 2 factor authentication. It's a pain in the butt but better safe than sorry.
    Also, follow Sudo's advice about your WS username.

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    Also consider that spammers can "spoof" your email address rather than hijacking your account. If you account comes up clean, no hijacking, new password by you, and you still get emails from gmail acct to your normal acct -- your gmail address is very likely being spoofed.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    JEFrith - I'm surprised that the Windows Secrets mods have not advised you against using your eMail address as your forum name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    If your username is one of your actual email addresses then I would advise you to PM one of the Mods to change it, as you could end up getting more spam.
    Do you mean in this forum or at Google?

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    The username you are using on this forum seems similar to what you have in your opening post, albeit with the name removed, so would seem to be a valid email address that anyone could start spamming you on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sudo15 View Post
    The username you are using on this forum seems similar to what you have in your opening post, albeit with the name removed, so would seem to be a valid email address that anyone could start spamming you on.
    I guess you are right. I'll change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Also consider that spammers can "spoof" your email address rather than hijacking your account. If you account comes up clean, no hijacking, new password by you, and you still get emails from gmail acct to your normal acct -- your gmail address is very likely being spoofed.
    Since I have used two step authentication for a long time and the account seems clean, I think spoofing is likely in my case. Is there anyting I can do to stop it??

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    Also consider that spammers can "spoof" your email address rather than hijacking your account. If you account comes up clean, no hijacking, new password by you, and you still get emails from gmail acct to your normal acct -- your gmail address is very likely being spoofed.
    Spammers don't necessarily need your password, just your email name. They can send out emails using a bogus name (yours) quite easily. There are plenty of marketing lists out there with people emails that are used for just this purpose and it's darned hard to stop.

    You can spot these if you look in the email header (the part you never see), but people rarely do that and it's tough to filter these out but there are commercial solutions which are pretty good at doing this (my email provider uses Barracuda).
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    OK, it seems I'll have to live with it for the time being, and may be, "read me up" on the issue.
    Thanks for helping!
    Br Jan Erik

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