My mother's email address appears to have been spoofed because she is receiving a multitude of "Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender" messages that were sent to addressees that have no relationship to her. I've done a little reading on this topic and it doesn't seem like there is anything that can be done to prevent this, but I figured I'd ask the experts for advice anyway.
Stock Spammer Modus Operandi
1. Harvest target email addresses
2. Use infected user machines to send Spam from some arbitrary address.
It is especially common for step 2 to happen on Windows machines using the machine owner's email address as source.
And no, there is really nothing that can be done except to make certain that the victim's machine (and all web lists) are clean and secure.
There's nothing to be done about it. As you said, someone spoofed the address, so you have no control over that.
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I think the spoofers/phishers are out in droves. Is it the holiday season?
- A couple of friends (non-MG people) had the problem.
Don't know how to prevent people from getting your list. But ALWAYS be vigilant with received emails. Recently had one supposedly from a trusted, known friend in Chicago. BUT it wasn't at all typical of this person, and had a suspicious link. I forwarded it to the friend at 2 of his email addresses. He replied - it WAS a faulty email. Said one of his lists had been taken.
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It's not good for her because it is her business email address. I've contacted the hosting company and they made some modifications to her account and the rejected emails have subsided. I suspect that they are just filtering out the email before it gets to back to her.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.