What is spoofing?

Spoofing is when the sender changes the name in an outgoing email so that it looks like the email came from somewhere or someone else. This practice is often used by spammers to stop people finding out who they are. It also means that when the spam mail is rejected by the addressee's mail server, the bounce back message goes to whoever was specified in the outgoing mail rather than to the spammer themselves.

If you are receiving bounce back messages from emails that have not been sent form your email account then you have probably been spoofed. There is nothing we can do to avoid this nuisance. If you have been spoofed, please simply delete the bounce back messages.

If you are concerned that someone may have accessed your account please change your password (How do I do that?)

and make sure you have done everything to ensure your computer is secure ( How do I do that? )

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