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      27th June 2008, 11:55 PM
I'm using Windows Live Mail with Windows Vista and a Hotmail account. I'm
getting these emails from http://www.vistaforums.com/(E-Mail Removed) and they are driving me
crazy because I'm getting hundreds of them. I never even tried to send an
email to these people, so I have no idea why I'm getting these emails. I
thought I might have a virus or something, but I ran Mcafee, Spybot and
Ad-aware and come up with nothing. It seems to only happy when I'm running
Windows Live Mail and I don't get the emails when I'm not running it. Does
anyone have any idea? Here is a copy of the email Thanks..

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

(E-Mail Removed)

 
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      28th June 2008, 12:25 AM
Post in reply to: Apota
I'm also getting these too!!

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

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      28th June 2008, 06:25 AM
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Yes. They're spam and there's nothing much you can do about them.

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      28th June 2008, 11:05 AM
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Some spammer is using your email address as his return address.
I suggest you put (E-Mail Removed) on your Blocked
Senders list, at least until this episode subsides.

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      28th June 2008, 01:35 PM
Post in reply to: Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
Well, if that's the case I would get the emails all of the time, but I don't.
I'm checking my emails from my Windows Mobile Cell phone and I don't get
them at all. I only get them when I run Windows Live Mail. So, it has
something to do with Windows Live Mail that's causing it to happen. I don't
even see any Sent Emails, so I know it's not sending any emails. It only
seems to happen everytime I press the Send/Receive mail button on Windows
Live Mail. If I press Send / Recieve on my Windows Mobile phone I just get
my normal email and not these types of messages. So, I know it's something
to do with Windows Live Mail, and there should be something I can do to fix
it. Right?


 
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      3rd July 2008, 08:15 AM
Post in reply to: Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
I am getting these too for the last week or so...if we block the postmaster
addy, how will we know if one of our emails we actually sent failed?

This is the link I was supposed to have sent email to (but didn't):
(E-Mail Removed)

It is not in any of my outboxes for me to delete.

Is there any other way to resolve this?

Thank you



 
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      3rd July 2008, 02:55 PM
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Adding the postmaster addy to Blocked Senders is the best solution.
That will deposit the unwanted messages in the Junk E-mail folder.
Prudence dictates that (before emptying) you review the contents of the
Junk E-mail folder periodically, so as to rescue any false positives.
That way, if the postmaster ever sends you a legitimate notice, you will
hopefully see it at some point.
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      4th July 2008, 03:15 AM
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Well, I emailed Microsoft and this was there reply to my problem and there
solution:

Thank you for writing to Windows Live Hotmail Customer Support. This is Paul
and I gather that you received failed mail delivery notifications from e-mail
messages you have not sent. I understand how important it is for you to have
your issue addressed immediately.

We apologize for the delay in answering your e-mail. We appreciate your
patience as we handle every customer request as quickly as possible.

Someone has forged your e-mail address as the "reply-to" or "from" field on
a piece of unsolicited e-mail. This does not require the person to log into
the account. For security, do not open the notification message or any
attachment that came with the notification message. Some malicious computer
users use fake failed-delivery notifications to spread computer viruses. Make
sure your virus-scanning software is up to date and scheduled to run daily to
help prevent computer virus infections.

Sometimes, individuals forge message headers to suggest that the messages
originated with Windows Live or Hotmail e-mail. Additionally, these
"spammers" may use similar fake "reply-to" accounts, "remove me" accounts,
and other types of drop boxes in the headers, in the body of messages, on Web
pages, in Web forms, or in postings such as newsgroups. This is a very
difficult practice to guard against, but it is one that we will continue to
prevent.

Some individuals sending unsolicited e-mail use bulk e-mail programs that
forge headers onto the e-mail message. Some of these programs combine the
sender's account name or e-mail address with another domain name to try and
make it appear more authentic. This bypasses the filters because the message
appears to originate from the recipient's own account. They also try to
trick people by taking the name of the recipient's account and forging it
into the header with another domain name to try and make it appear more
authentic.

I would like to assure you that this is what happened to you and that the
sender did not break into your account. Your account name is unique and no
two Windows Live Hotmail users have the same account name.

If you continue to receive messages from the (E-Mail Removed) about
e-mail that you did not send, I recommend that you disregard the message. If
you receive other bounce messages, I suggest that you filter them by doing
the following steps:

1. Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account.
2. Click on "Options" then select "More Options."
3. Click on "Automatically sort e-mail into folders."
4. Click "New filter."
5. Under step 1: Which messages are you looking for?
6. From the first drop-down box select "Subject."
7. From the second drop-down list, choose "Contains."
8. In the third text box, type the subject of the bounce message.
9. Under "Step 2: Where do you want to put these messages?" Select a
folder to which you want your messages delivered. You can also choose to
delete incoming messages.
10. Click "Save" to save your settings.

You can add more filters to increase the Custom Filter's effectiveness. Type
a different word in the text box (step 8) so that unsolicited e-mail with
various subjects will be captured.

Windows Live Hotmail recognizes the sensitivity, security and privacy of
your account information. I have outlined several ways to help you enhance
your account's protection:

I. I recommend that you change your password as well as your secret
question and answer regularly to increase the privacy of your account. You
can use several combinations of letter cases and numbers to make your
password harder to decode.

II. Properly log out of your account after your Windows Live Hotmail
session by clicking the "Sign Out" button above your screen.

III. If you are using a public terminal, I suggest that you clear your
temporary I
 
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      4th July 2008, 10:45 AM
Post in reply to: Fed Up!

They aren't in any of you outboxes because you didn't send the message.
They often include the 'unsent message' as a attachment and if you open the
attachment you get a virus. There is nothing to do with these messages
except to delete them. There is no magic program that will catch all of
them and "protect" you.

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Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM
Do not reply with email

 
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      4th July 2008, 12:35 PM
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They're not telling you anything different than what we've already told you.
They suggest filtering on the Subject line, which is an alternative to
filtering on the From address.

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