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Reporting spam Send From My Own Address?

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Hi,

yesterday I got a blackmail e-mail. Someone send it seemingly from and to my e-mail address. As if I send it to myself. 

He claimed he had hacked a porn site I had been going to, had gotten my address there, had loaded a Trojan on my PC, used my webcam to spy on me, and had images of me looking very excited at pictures and clips on that site. He also had everything I have on my PC. That I had to pay him €35 to get rid of him, and he gave a bitcoin address.

I know all that is bogus -not that I've never visited a porn site- as I always have my webcam lens closed off, except for an occasional Skype talk. Plus I have no malware on my laptop according to Emsisoft,  Malwarebytes, HitmanPro and the free herdProtect which uses 68 scan engines.

But I did not forward it to SpamCop, as he used my e-mail address to send it from. Although I suppose SpamCop can see in the header that is not coming from me. 

So in case he sends me more, shall I just tap it away again, or report it to SpamCop?

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PS:

Tried to give spam a capital S in the title after posting this thread, but no dice. After changing spam to spam it still appears as spam. Oh well, no biggie. 😊

Funny, here writing spam with a capital in the above line it also appears with a lower case s. I guess spam does not deserve a capital anywhere. 😄

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28 minutes ago, Lodewijk said:

I know all that is bogus

I would suggest you report it.  These spammers have used my previous linkedin password, which was from the hack a year ago.  Lucky I had already changed it by the time they started their scams.  Also, I do not visit porn, nor do I have a camera on my computer, but yet their scam still says it caught me and they "know it is me".  Ha.  Probably the only way to get them to go away is for folks to stop paying them.

Another post on the subject: http://forum.spamcop.net/topic/29542-help-with-a-mail-received-few-times-saying-my-email-is-hacked/

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I've had some similar emails, all of which have been reported. The flow to my email account(s) seems to have dried up for now. As Lking has observed, the visible "From:" address is easily forged, it is a notoriously unreliable clue to the true source of the unwanted email. All the unwanted emails of this type that I have received trace back to somewhere other than my provider. One thing of note, from my perspective, is that the email address for which I have received the most doesn't actually have an associated mailbox to be hacked, the email address exists as a simple redirect in a server.

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Thank you for the response. 

It will be obvious I would not send myself an e-mail to blackmail myself. (Can't believe I did not think of that. :rolleyes: )

So if I get another invitation from myself again to donate money to myself "or else" I will report it.

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57 minutes ago, Lodewijk said:

Thank you for the response. 

It will be obvious I would not send myself an e-mail to blackmail myself. (Can't believe I did not think of that. :rolleyes: )

So if I get another invitation from myself again to donate money to myself "or else" I will report it.

I get these all the time just report them this clown may miss out and get sent off to Guantanamo Bay!

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6 hours ago, Lking said:
7 hours ago, Lodewijk said:

as he used my e-mail address to send it from.

 Are you talking about the visible FROM: line which is easily forged, or the chain of Received lines in the complete header?

  

If they also used the hidden FROM: line, you might want to have your provider look at implementing SPF and/or some sort of check there.  If you look closely at the headers, the clown will have used an IP address other than one belonging to your ISP and will see the report heading in a different direction and this should keep you safe.

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