solidground1 Posted January 3, 2005 Share Posted January 3, 2005 Hello, I've been using e-mail to talk to a lot of my friends but I've nticed a disturbing pattern lately. I haven't been able to reach my friends via e-mail but I'm getting a heck of a lot of spam and virus e-mail and spoofed messages. This got to be a problem last summer and is getting worse as time goes by. I recently sent e-cards to some of my friends at the holidays because I haven't been able to hail them through regular e-mail. So I get the message saying that e-mail has been picked up by so and so but I don't geta response from my friend. Okay, maybe they're busy with the holidays. But then one of my friends allegedly did send me a holiday greeting , too. It even gave the e-mail address of the sender. I go there and read the e-card then I try to send my friend a regular e-mail using the address that I've got in my address book and which the card greeting service sent to me as the recipient e-mail address. But guess what? Suddenly the e-mail address of my friend is no longer valid. Even if I try to copy paste the e-mail address into the "to" box and send it off I get a bounce back. I also have been a member of a pen pal group for many years and have never had trouble with the service but now I get trol messages, viruses and whatnot in my box. And when I do the copy paste of the e-mail adds of the folks in the pen pal list and attempt to send e-mail, it gets bounced back each time. I have to emphasise that I met some of my current pen pals through this same servise (and it is a legitimate pen pal group and not a spam or pornographic service or any other unsavory thing). I know that spam is on the rise and people are sending spoof mail but this is very serious. I've also received troll spam giving locations near to where I reside which suggests that the troublemaker(s) may know something about my own location. I would like to know if it's possible for the troll(s) to have intercepted my outgoing mail and reorganized it and sent bad e-mail to my friends to prevent us from talking to each other? I generally use the public terminal at a local library and although I'm careful with my password, the site administartor is still able to scope e-mails used on the terminals. And this did not really become a problem until I began to use the terminals at that particular location. But since the town isn't really all that large there are very few options for sending and getting e-mail. I'm also concerned that should I get e-mail set up at my home, couldn't the trolls intercept the e-mail from my home? I have also received crank calls and at times I wonder if they are related. An aquaintance told me that many of the crank calls can be and are computer generated these days. I know this is a long post but I really need help with this problem. Many of the folks I keep in touch with via e-mail are very dear friends of mine and we always keep in touch with each other. I don't want trolls to interfere with that. Any and all advice is welcome. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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