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  1. #1
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    What is happening with my email?

    I have done many, many searches before posting to see if this is potentially worse than it appears, or if anyone else has had a similar experience, but have not found much.

    It appears as though my email is being used by other people, although it has not been hacked. I first received emails from "MRPMoney" and "SHEET STREET", which are bills asking for a lot of money, with another person's name, address and account number on them, from Macassar, South Africa. The bill is all written in South African, and when I put it into a translator, it is full of "cellphone airtime charges" and "purchases", as well as a "lost card fee".
    The company websites and the email bills themselves look legitimate, so I found a contact email on their websites and emailed a reply to them that I am not the person named in the email, and I believe it to be fraudulent or in error. They acknowledged receipt of my email and noted its contents, and said that they "have removed my email from their system", and gave me some phone numbers and a contact email, in case I have further questions.
    A couple days later I got an email from accountnotify@verizonwireless.com saying "Your Verizon Wireless online account - Account Number ending with - 7662-00001 Thank you for updating your email address on your account: [myemailaddress]@GMAIL.COM It's important that you confirm we have your correct email address. Please click on the link below and enter your billing zip code. Confirm Email Address We use this email address to send you important information regarding your Verizon Wireless account. And, if you forget your password, you'll be able to reset your password via email. Thank you for using My Verizon.

    2013 Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless | One Verizon Way | Mail Code: 180WVB | Basking Ridge, NJ 07920 We respect your privacy. Please review our privacy policy for more information If you are not the intended recipient and feel you have received this email in error; or if you would like to update your customer notification preferences, please click here."
    I also received, shortly after, two more emails from Verizon Wireless saying "Your Receipts Are Available to View in My Verizon.", with clickable phone numbers.
    I called Verizon Wireless and got though instantly to someone in their fraud department who confirmed that I do not have a Verizon Wireless account, and he said that I should spam these emails and that I should not receive further emails.
    However, I did receive a further email from Verizon, saying, "Rodney, let's get you started on your new LG G3!" and the body the body of the email was all about how to log into "my" account information.
    I've received two other emails, that appear to have supposed to have been delivered to my spam folder, but actually made it to my inbox instead. One is from Emily Caroline Garland, and the subject says "GM Promotion". The body contains an attachment that I don't want to open. The other is from "FT Dorsey" and says nothing other than "hello". Gmail thinks these people are important.
    What is going on here? I could use these emails to gain access to these accounts, all the information I would need is there. I've checked my gmail account history, and there is nothing there other than what I have done, but I changed my password anyways. What kind of scam is this??

  2. #2
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    Re: What is happening with my email?

    get another provider. somehow someone has hacked into you account or infected with virus and /or malware that lets them use. get another provider

  3. #3
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    Re: What is happening with my email?

    There are scam busting sites with online lists of the names scammers use, their fake job offers, their email addresses, stock copy/paste emails, paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers, stolen pictures and fake websites they use. You could start your search and post/ask at such sites.

    If you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even partial sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.
    Found a scam or scammer's email address? Post it at scamwarners.com
    Found a romance scam? Post it at romancescam.com

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