Returned emails that I didn't send

Posted on 2006-11-14
Last Modified: 2009-07-29
I am receiving returned emails that I never sent.  None of my sent boxes have this email so I'm not sure if this is a virus, my email account compromized, or if someone is taking on my identity.  I know that you can programmically use any from address that you want.  Any ideas?

Question by:azyet24
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Expert Comment

ID: 17943542
When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras.

Most likely, some spammer is sending out E-Mail and forging your address in the From: line. And gullible E-Mail systems are returning the bounces to you. It's called joe-jobbing.

Detailed examination of the headers of the returned E-Mails would be necessary to support the other possibilities.

Author Comment

ID: 17943702

We're sorry. There's a problem with the e-mail address(es) you're trying to send to. Please verify the address(es) and try again. If you continue to have problems, please contact Customer Support at (480) 624-2500.

The e-mail message could not be delivered because there are no users here by that name.

--- Below this line is a copy of the message.

Return-Path: <My Email Address>
Received: (qmail 24742 invoked from network); 15 Nov 2006 02:18:26 -0000
Received: from ([])
          (envelope-sender <My Email Address>)
          by (qmail-ldap-1.03) with SMTP
          for <>; 15 Nov 2006 02:18:26 -0000
Received: (qmail 10063 invoked from network); 15 Nov 2006 02:18:26 -0000
Received: from ([])
          (envelope-sender <My Email Address>)
          by (qmail-ldap-1.03) with SMTP
          for <>; 15 Nov 2006 02:18:24 -0000
Received: from ([]) (HELO AQVRE)
      by (8.13.4/8.13.4) with SMTP id h032954006538a3Ir115112
      for <>; Mon, 13 Nov 2006 09:18:28 -0800 (CDT)
      (envelope-from My Email Address)
Message-ID: <02e501c70747$bc8e66f0$c352eb47@AQVRE>
From: "bsmith" <My Email Address>
To: "bsmith2cq" <>
Subject: Herbs, Grains, Vegetables, Fiber all in one pill, TRY FREE!
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 19:12:15 +0200
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain;
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit
X-Priority: 3
X-MSMail-Priority: Normal
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2900.2869
X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2900.2962

The spam email then is below this.

Looks like what you said..a spammer, right?
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Accepted Solution

war1 earned 250 total points
ID: 17943764
Greetings, azyet24 !

The header shows the last Recieve From IP address is  The reverse IP address lookup shows Marina Del Rey, California.

Yes, a spammer sent the email.

Best wishes!

Author Comment

ID: 17943769
Is there anything that I can do on my end to not receive these emails?
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Expert Comment

ID: 17943891
Since it is a bounce back from your email address, there is not much you can do.  

If you are getting a lot of such emails, if there is a pattern to the Subject field, set a mail rule to filter it out.

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