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Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:22 pm
by mamakan
Hi, I've been receiving a fair bit of spam mail and the sender displayed is my own email address. :oops: I have run the usual spyware / virus programs - AVG anti virus, Ad-aware and Spybot and come up clean. I received another email today saying the email I sent couldn't be delivered. I didn't send anything!
This is a copy of the email:
This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.

A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

miles351@exemail.com.au
mailbox is full: retry timeout exceeded

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Return-path: <mamakan@exemail.com.au>
Received: from chestnut2.exetel.com.au ([220.233.0.75])
by chestnut.exetel.com.au with esmtp (Exim 4.68)
(envelope-from <mamakan@exemail.com.au>)
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Received: from 65.0.233.220.static.exetel.com.au ([220.233.0.65] helo=mscip02.mailscan.net.au)
by chestnut2.exetel.com.au with esmtp (Exim 4.68)
(envelope-from <mamakan@exemail.com.au>)
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Received: from unknown (HELO 220.233.0.65) ([77.210.120.236])
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Message-ID: <VKOVJDHDVPIGVNXZJDNCK@ert.com>
From: "The best medicine" <mamakan@exemail.com.au>
Reply-To: "The best medicine" <mamakan@exemail.com.au>
To: mamakan@exemail.com.au
Subject: Your lady deserves it firm:
Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2009 16:29:55 +0500
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
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X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal

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Content-Type: text/html;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7Bit

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"> </head>

<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#333333" link="#FFFFFF" vlink="#990000">
<table width="100%" border="0" cellpadding="8" cellspacing="0" bgcolor="#999999">
<tr bgcolor="#3366CC">
<td height="35"><font size="4" face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif"><font color="#FFFF00" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">mamakan@exemail.com.au</font></font></td>
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<tr bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><td bgcolor="#CCCCCC"><font size="2" face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif"><br><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Get a wow-vigor for evernight drilling of your lady!</font><br>&nbsp;</font></td>
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<tr bgcolor="#666666">
<td height="35" bgcolor="#666666"><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><strong><a href="http://superbbread.com/index.php?said=s ... /font></td>
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What can I do?

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:35 pm
by JasonM
You did not send it, this IP did: ([77.210.120.236])

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:12 am
by vk3xem
This is becoming more prevelent with spammers spoofing the senders address the same as the recipient. My guess it's an attempt to bypass spam filiters.

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 12:09 pm
by mamakan
Thanx both, next question.... how do I stop this?

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:16 pm
by vk3xem
mamakan wrote:Thanx both, next question.... how do I stop this?
I was listening to a podcast the other day and it was estimated that 90% of email traffic is spam, so in short you can't stop it.

Filters can be put in place to send spam to a junk folder but they are not fool proof. Some spam gets through and occassionally legitmate emals are marked as spam. Spam filtering alone is really a head in the sand approach as far as I'm concerned.

If you want to help actively fighting spam you can have a look at KnujOn, they appear to be having some success in fighting spam.

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:19 pm
by CoreyPlover
mamakan wrote:Thanx both, next question.... how do I stop this?
You can't, because your machine is not generating it. Another spammer is generating it and simply using your email address in the "reply to" field. You can try to filter out these bogus mails as vk3xem mentions, but you can't stop them being generated

Re: Am I sending out SPAM?

Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:26 am
by mamakan
Again thanx. I appreciate your help and advise and will definitely look into it further.