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Hacked email?

  1. Aug 21, 2009 #1

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    how do I know if a guy’s email account has been hijacked by someone who sends a message to me? can I know who has sent the e-mail I received, the guy himself or the hijacker?
     
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  3. Aug 21, 2009 #2
    Contact the sender over the phone and ask if they sent it..there's no way for you to detect if his email has been hijacked.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2009 #3
    Call the guy on his phone :rolleyes:

    But my friend's msn was hijacked once. I found it quite easily from the way other person talked. And, I usually refer to the few days/weeks/months/years old things so it is not easier for anyone new to join that conversation. People say I have a really good memory :)
     
  5. Aug 21, 2009 #4

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    I don’t want to ask the guy! I doubt that he sends it himself, can I know without asking him?
     
  6. Aug 21, 2009 #5

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    Why wouldn't you want to ask him? Even if you're mortal enemies, which is why you don't think he'd send you an email, he might like to know if his email has been hijacked and the hijacker is sending love letters to his mortal enemies. And if he is really sending you the emails, then he doesn't mind communicating with you and won't be surprised by your call.
     
  7. Aug 21, 2009 #6
    http://www.flash-gear.com/8/
    good luck
     
  8. Aug 21, 2009 #7

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    urghhhhhh you urghhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    what, isn't there one possible way to know, fine just say no :grumpy:
     
  9. Aug 21, 2009 #8

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    I think that's what people are suggesting, that there isn't a way to tell. If you're not comfortable calling, maybe someone else you know might be willing to make the call as an intermediate?
     
  10. Aug 21, 2009 #9

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    I've received friggin' spam e-mails that show me as the sender!
    I readily admit that I talk to myself, but only in person.
     
  11. Aug 21, 2009 #10

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    ahh, that’s an idea, thanks Moonbear:smile:
     
  12. Aug 21, 2009 #11

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    Good suggestion, Moonie! Good luck, Drizzle! I hope you can resolve this nicely without any real confrontation.
     
  13. Aug 21, 2009 #12
    I've been getting the "viagra" emails forever, but just recently all of my emails have been from Africa telling me how many millions I've just been given by some prince. I'd always heard of these, but had never gotten one 'til now and now I'm getting tons of them. I don't know what list I've gotten on recently but I might have to stop speaking to you all because apparently I'm now a billionaire.
     
  14. Aug 21, 2009 #13

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    haha funny, I received one a couple of weeks ago, it was from a friend asking for $**** to cover his bills in some country in Africa, the next morning he sends an email telling it was a spam and a hacker has done it.
    I really wonder how can a person get access to someone’s email, is s/he only guessing the mail and the password :rolleyes:
     
  15. Aug 21, 2009 #14
    One of my old email accounts used to be barraged by spam. Years later, the spam has really quieted down...but it's been hijacked, which I know because every few days it fills up with a slew of "undeliverable messages" from me sending advertisements to random addresses I do not know. Sigh.
     
  16. Aug 22, 2009 #15

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    Oh, I gave your name and email address to one of the princes I met while there. I want a cut of the profits when you get them. :biggrin:

    There are keystroke loggers that can get installed on computers to find out things like that, if it isn't something more simple like the person forgetting to log off on a public computer. I'm sure there are probably many more ways than that that I don't know about yet.
     
  17. Aug 22, 2009 #16

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    The simplest method is to copy logos, etc from a popular email front-end and send your mark an official-looking email telling them that if they want to continue to get free hosting (or increase their storage space, or other such garbage) they need only enter their account name and password and hit "reply". Human engineering is the easy way to get personal information.
     
  18. Aug 22, 2009 #17
    yea, my sister fell for this one a few days ago:

    After you follow the link you have to enter your username and password, after they have that they send the invitation to everyone on your contact list.

    When I talked to her about it she said 'oh but the site said it was secure'. :mad:
     
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