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Old 09-14-2006, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

Background;

- My personal (not tmobile) email address is being used as a reply-to address for some spammers. A definite downer, but nothing I can do about it.

- The way I interface to my personal email account is by having emails that arrive on my email server forwarded to my tmobile email address and I set the reply-to address for email messages originating from my Blackberry to be my personal email address.

So...Something weird happened today: I received an automated notice from a spam catcher because of a spam message sent-out with my personal email address as the originating email address (no, I definitely didn't send it).

Now, here's where it gets interesting (and scary)...the quoted name for my email address listed in the header was this:

From: "Pearly" <scott@mydomainnamegoeshere.com>

The quoted name in the header field above is the exact same word used as subject text in an email I sent from my Blackberry two days prior ("Pearly" -- because my friend had just received the new Pearl model). What are the odds that the same word with the same captization would be used in these two different contexts within 36 hours of each other?

I think the odds are so unlikely that it's more likely that something in the path from the Blackberry outgoing servers to my friend's email server is compromised (he uses a Mac so I don't think it's a virus on his computer).

Has anyone heard about anything similar? Thanks, Scott
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