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    Angry Scammed from my own email address!!!

    The scammers are becoming more devious as time goes on. I am receiving scam emails claiming "Your site has been hacked and I have changed your password. You cant change your password because I will intercept" (or something along those lines). My problem is I cannot hit the "junk" button and get rid of it because I am making my own email address "junk". Anyone have a suggestion?

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    I would just delete it. You may never get another.

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    Same as Martin said, ignore it.

    Last decade we used to get spam from our own addresses 3-4 times a year—our addresses were 'out there' since we ran an online biz. Used to last a few days and then the bad guys would move on to using other addresses.

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    Are you sure the email is from your own email or is it just the "return address" that is your's? Check the email headers / read the raw email - depending on mail client.
    A decent spam filter will largely ignore the return address.

    cheers, Paul

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    No matter the source, when I see "emails from myself," like the earlier poster, I simply delete them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Franklin46 View Post
    The scammers are becoming more devious as time goes on. I am receiving scam emails claiming "Your site has been hacked and I have changed your password. You cant change your password because I will intercept" (or something along those lines). My problem is I cannot hit the "junk" button and get rid of it because I am making my own email address "junk". Anyone have a suggestion?
    Sigh. I just got one of those today. My spam filter knew enough to block it. The message is a bit scary.

    Rob

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    You can't just set up a filter, because there could be occasions when an email from yourself is legitimate. For example, if sending the same email to a number of recipients, such as members of a Club, it is common practice to put your own email in the "To" field (possibly with a different name, such as the name of the Club), and the other addresses in the "Bcc" field. In that case you would want to receive the message, to be sure that it worked.

    Best bet, as suggested, is to simply delete any message apparently from yourself that you do not recognise. Be sure to do so without actually opening the message, and certainly without opening any attachment or link. To be doubly sure, also delete it immediately from the "deleted items" folder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundaburra View Post
    You can't just set up a filter, because there could be occasions when an email from yourself is legitimate. For example, if sending the same email to a number of recipients, such as members of a Club, it is common practice to put your own email in the "To" field (possibly with a different name, such as the name of the Club), and the other addresses in the "Bcc" field. In that case you would want to receive the message, to be sure that it worked.

    Best bet, as suggested, is to simply delete any message apparently from yourself that you do not recognise. Be sure to do so without actually opening the message, and certainly without opening any attachment or link. To be doubly sure, also delete it immediately from the "deleted items" folder.
    I didn't actually set up a filter; my mail forwarding service (pobox.com) caught it as spam and alerted me. You log onto their site to view suspected spam messages and they can be released or discarded. Once nice feature is that you can view most of the message on their site without actually opening it if you're not sure that it's spam or not.

    Since I didn't request that it be released, pobox deleted it for me. It never hit the inbox on my ISPs e-mail server.

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    I have something similar, using Mailwasher. It displays the messages waiting on the server, prior to download, and anything unwanted can be deleted before it reaches your email program.

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    Just to add my 2 cents worth ... my business partner and I have been inundated with these over the past 3 months. The first - and scariest - time, I went through the paperwork involved to report it to the FBI!

    Since then, I follow the usual advice here and just delete them, first being sure my Reading Pane is OFF before junking them. As Bundaburra says, you really can't block the blasted things since they're using our addresses!

    What a world! Sigh.

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    I seem to be getting more and more of them lately...I have to chuckle when they talk about capturing video of me via my webcam which I don't have. Still, they are a bit unnerving.

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    Any email demanding payment via bitcoin is a scam and should go straight in the SPAM bucket.

    cheers, Paul

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    You're right, Paul ... and I do!

    OldMainframeGuy: I haven't seen the webcam one (may have been there if I read more), but some I read to check at first frequently refer to my presence in porn sites ... as a guy and I'm not one! Guess we should just chuckle and junk!

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    I get many of those emails daily on one of my addresses that I use. I used that address to receive information updates from different companies. Once that address got out there from one certain co I won't mention, spam was filling the box faster than you could blink. Anyway, I even get those emails in chinese. I just hope nobody falls for the scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slayor View Post
    I get many of those emails daily on one of my addresses that I use
    If one of my addresses suddenly started getting bombed, I'd set it up in a different email client which I might check once a week or month. That way, my main Inbox which accumulates my email wouldn't be affected.

    If there was potentially important mail coming into the bombed account, I'd forward it to Gmail or Outlook.com before bringing it in—their anti-spam has been outstanding for me for many years.
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