spoofing

Why am I Getting Spam When the Address Isn't Mine?

Gmail

Episode 1770

Bruce from Phoenix, AZ

Bruce keeps getting spam but the email address they are using isn't his. What gives? Leo says that spammers can "spoof" the address in the to and from settings, but it's likely a BCC of Bruce's email address that is causing it. He can't see the BCC, so he keeps getting it. But he may be able to filter out all those addresses through Gmail. Also, be sure not to open those emails. They could be potentially dangerous. He can block them, but it's like playing whack-a-mole. Eventually, they'll move on to another target.

Is My Email Compromised?

Episode 1699

Brad from San Diego, CA

Brad says that his company email looks to be compromised. Leo says it's more likely his email address has been "spoofed" by spammers, and it's really easy to falsify or spoof a reply email address. Sooner or later, they will move on to a new random return address. That's why everyone gets spam and even bounced back emails that don't work. So it's unlikely Brad's email address has been compromised, just spoofed.

Can my phone get a virus from a Robocall?

RoboCalls

Episode 1586

Warren from Lakewood, CA

Warren answered a phone call that ended up being a robocall. Can answering robocalls deliver viruses to his phone? Leo says no. You can get your phone hacked by clicking on a link or reading a text message, but answering a phone call won't do it. It's likely just coincidental. Leo says that this is an ongoing problem now and people just can't use their phones anymore

How can I stop annoying text messages?

Episode 1566

Christina from Lake Elsinor, CA

Christina keeps getting text messages from a number she doesn't recognize. And it's creepy. Leo says sometimes those messages are spoofed with a number id that doesn't exist and it's largely SPAM. Not much you can do but have your cellphone company block them. If it's the same number. If the number changes, it's a real problem to stop it. And if it's harassment, it may be a crime.

Am I getting spam?

Episode 1501

Earl from Alpine, CA

Earl has an iMac and a Samsung phone. He's getting email from someone he just had a conversation with via email, though it isn't him. Leo says it's possibly being spoofed, where the sending address has been added using his own contacts. Check the headers. Chances are, it's just spam.

Did I get a scam telephone call?

Man Yelling at Phone

Episode 1436

Melissa from Nashville, TN

Melissa keeps getting phone calls saying they're from AT&T and that their account had been suspended. Leo says that's the latest scam. They'll even spoof AT&T's number! And after the first of the year, it'll be the IRS. They'll want to scare her so she can act without thinking. They'll then ask for her date of birth, social security number (which is illegal to ask for) and once they have all that, they have her.

Why am I getting a ton of bounced messages from people I don't know?

Gmail

Episode 1433

Vic from San Diego, CA

Vic is bombarded by email addresses that an email can't be delivered. Leo says that Vic's email has been "spoofed" by spammers and that they have been using his in the From address line. The bad news is that there's really nothing he can do about it. The good news is, it usually stops shortly as they move on to another email address to spoof. He can set up a filter to send those emails to the trash and never see them, though. He should use "Mailer Daemon" as the criteria. That's usually what sends the bounced spam message.

Has my email been hacked?

Hacker

Episode 1413

Joe from Covina, CA

Joe gets emails from his brother and vice versa telling them to go to another site. Leo says that's a phishing scam using spam to do it. It's likely that the return address has been spoofed. We've seen this happen often with users of Yahoo mail.

ScooterX in the chatroom says that whoever clicks on the link in the email sends the same email to others in their contact list. So it may be that both have clicked on that link and sent it out.