Weird spam issue - what to do?



  • About 5 years ago, I cancelled my legacy AOL account and filled out some paperwork to have the account deleted from their system, because it had been compromised and sending spam. Recently, I'm getting spam from what seems to be a gmail source with that same AOL address as the sender. I'm hearing from people I haven't talked to in years. I haven't a clue what to do about it.

    Any ideas?



  • Basically, no. You cannot stop other people from faking headers and sending spam.



  • @JaredBusch That's what I think, too - it's kind of a phishing thing at this point and isn't connected to my current email. I feel bad that my friends are getting spammed and think its me. 😞



  • Sounds like other people have had their email compromised.



  • @scottalanmiller Maybe, it's a real pain in the [moderated].
    I got a text from my dad asking me what link I sent. He didn't understand that it wasn't from me and that he shouldn't have clicked it. Sigh.



  • @Katie said:

    @JaredBusch That's what I think, too - it's kind of a phishing thing at this point and isn't connected to my current email. I feel bad that my friends are getting spammed and think its me. 😞

    The VP at my former employer pays me to come take care of her home gear ever couple months and she has recently been suffering through this also. Just for her it is her active Yahoo! account, not an inactive AOL account.

    The headers all clearly show that it is not coming from a valid Yahoo! server. When she called me to ask ab out it, I looked in my SPAM file and found her emails to me. This means Google blocked them and the problem is that the recipients' SPAM software is obviously not up to snuff.


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