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Recently, someone used on of my email addresses (not my email account) to spam people with a computer virus.

As a result of the foolishness, some mail, even one seemingly sent by me, is returned to me and other mail as well. One of which has on the subject line "you sent me a virus".

Although that email account is publicly displayed it is done in a non-automated spam way (name@@mail.comm). So I believe the author of the scam did it maliciously.

Given that I didn't want to give the spammer the opportunity to think that I got caught up in his scam, I didn't open any of the mail that I felt was associated with the scam -- all unfamiliar addresses on the same day with the same approximate size file was deleted unread (in case of read return receipt).

I felt sorry for the people that got the email, and really felt sorry for those that got a virus because of it.


[the strong anology would be the KKK sending out hate mail using your return address on the envelope. Perhaps the send the mail to specific targets, anti-KKK people. The result is 1) the message is read, 2) the blame is misdirected away from the actual sender, and 3) you are then placed on a mailing list for bombardment of anti-hate mail.]

So my question is how does one defend against such a situation or does it just come with the territory.

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I never open ANY emails with attachments UNLESS the person tells me that they are sending me something right then and there.

Email gets deleted right up outta my inbox with the quickness. I don't even open attachments from my family.

That's the only way that I can think of to keep viruses off your puter. I got one once off a listserver. My virus scan detected it and deleted that mug. At that point I deleted myself from that group as well.

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Originally posted by Glow:
I never open ANY emails with attachments UNLESS the person tells me that they are sending me something right then and there.





As I understand it, you no longer have to open an email or attachment to be infected. My Norton has killed off two viruses in the last two months and I never open email from unless I know the sender. And I still won't open an attachment.
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Originally posted by Our Empowerment:
what's a list server?


A list server is an email list of people with the same interests. The list server that I was on dealed with fraterities and sororities.

Some guy on the list got a virus and it spread to everyone that was on the list. So, after that episode I deleted my account.

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Originally posted by isistah:
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Originally posted by Glow:
I never open ANY emails with attachments UNLESS the person tells me that they are sending me something right then and there.




I never knew that isistah, McAfee is my virus program and it's in stealth mode. So, I probably won't end up getting a virus in my email. Normally, I just delete everything b/c all I get is spam.


As I understand it, you no longer have to open an email or attachment to be infected. My Norton has killed off two viruses in the last two months and I never open email from unless I know the sender. And I still won't open an attachment.


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