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09-06-2016, 12:53 PM
I'm being "baited" by someone spoofing e-mail from a legit Contact, but the last part of the address is something different. I use a web-based e-mail. To stop this, do I need to change my password? Anything else? Do I need to alert the person whose name is being used?

09-06-2016, 01:17 PM
Keep marking them as junk/trash/spam, your email provider may also want to know about these emails.

09-06-2016, 04:43 PM

This is absolutely dreadful and I sympathise with you.

What Bob, above, has advised will work at Mac level. And I agree that your ISP needs to be informed and participate in blocking this individual.

If it were me, I'd change my password although I admit that, strictly speaking, this has not actually been compromised.

And I would inform the person whose name is being used. Not only for your sake, but to assist that person to ensure that they take what steps they can to stop their name being hijacked.

As the technical side of these things is outwith my expertise, I can only offer sympathy what I have said above.


Rod Sprague
09-07-2016, 01:12 AM
Can you expand on, "a legit Contact, but the last part of the address is something different." Forgive me but I don't understand what you mean by "last part"?

09-07-2016, 12:52 PM
Can you expand on, "a legit Contact, but the last part of the address is something different." Forgive me but I don't understand what you mean by "last part"?

last part = to the right of the "@"

The first part ( to the left of the @ ) is a name in my contacts. It happens to be in all caps, and that is also replicated.

09-07-2016, 01:08 PM

I've been doing a bit of reading. The article I've Linked, I concede, deals with a different aspect of an email problem; but it specifically discusses how to remove an unwanted/unexpected email address that appears in the "To" field and could easily apply to one such received email.

Just a thought. Might stop it coming back??

http://www.macworld.com/article/3113076/software-productivity/a-mysterious-stranger-appears-in-mail-s-to-field.html?token=%23tk.MCW_nlt_mw_macweek_html_201 6-09-07&idg_eid=a489f3449f1b948909e965f16a643af2&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MacWeek%202016-09-07&utm_term=mw_macweek_html#tk.MW_nlt_mw_macweek_html _2016-09-07


Rod Sprague
09-07-2016, 08:33 PM
OK I see, these "spoof" emails are coming from a name (which is in your contacts) but from a different email provider. ie BOBSMITH@gmail.com as apposed to BOBSMITH@hotmail.com. Essentially these are different entities and you can block senders at specific providers easily enough eg.
For gmail;

Open the email.
At the top right of the email, click the down arrow.
Click Block [sender].

Different provider have slightly different ways of doing this but most are similar to this.
I would think that the real question is why is this person sending emails to you and do they have access to the real BOBSMITH's contacts list. If so you may not be the only one receiving "spoof" emails and they should be made aware of this.

09-08-2016, 12:51 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I'll take action the next time I get one of these "spoof" messages.

12-09-2016, 02:01 AM
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12-09-2016, 01:53 PM
Great tips!
I have a "personal" address for friends and family, and a "commercial" address for dealing with businesses, charities, etc., and a third "backup" address for secrecy (my spouse does not know the password - great when buying gifts online).

12-09-2016, 03:44 PM
Avoid the unsubscribe. Only tells 'em they his a jackpot!

12-09-2016, 04:04 PM
I agree with Harry. Don't use the "unsubscribe" with spammers as it only encourages them to send you more junk. You can use "unsubscribe" from legitimate ads or those that you have done business with in the past.

12-11-2016, 10:16 AM
oops! didn't read the whole post, but to be pedantic...

Some might consider all electronic "junk mail" to be spam, thus even the legitimate businesses who will honor an unsubscribe request would be spammers too.

12-11-2016, 04:05 PM
Doing business with a legitimate reseller has its ups and downs. What usually happens is that you wind up on that particular business' advertising list and lists which he sells to other businesses. Unsubscribing from one list doesn't mean you will be unsubscribed from the other "tag alongs".