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    A problem with Yahoo Mail

    ...to do with lists of contacts.
    ...after your accounts have been "phished".
    ...at some time even in the remote past.

    Yes, over the years this has happened a few times, despite "strong" passwords.
    The last was some months back.

    Some contacts are stll now receiving emails purportedly from my account, but the sender's details
    are slightly different, so that it looks like:

    my-name@yahoo.com.somewhere-else-completely

    So if you're lucky enough to spot that you can delete it.

    The trouble is the spammers STILL HAVE YOUR CONTACTS!

    Sure, I sent bulk messages to them all (and phone calls or SMS), but what else can you do?

    SO TO THE QUESTION:
    Does anybody know how to STOP contact names from being automatically saved?

    I've exported them all to external files and am going through and deleting them from Yahoo contacts.
    But I reckon they'll be saved there again.

    Any other ideas?

    Ta.
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    Yep Am, got a few emails from 'you' today, and as you said they look like they are you, when a check of the email reveals they are not 'Am eerat@yahooinc.it' etc

    Just to alleviate your concerns that it is just you, I also have had them recently from other friends, with the same modus.

    I don't think there is a way to stop them. Once you have been hacked, and they get your contact list and store it elsewhere, you have no way of stopping it...Sadly. But as you have said, you have advised everyone on your contact list to be wary/aware, and that is about all you can do. Whether you have the email addresses saved on yahoo or not, is no longer relevant cause they (the scammers) already have your list. All they need to do is create a new email account and import the list they have, and they can use it to their little hearts content. What you do with your yahoo account contacts now, will not change that.

    I dont have any other ideas for you..except change your password regularly, and make sure it is not an easy password. Mix of capitals and lower case and numbers. I will do things like replace a with @ and O with 0 etc. So even something as simple as using the word 'password' as your password, can become 'P@55w0rd'. (example only).
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    I'm getting them too from customers via their phones, or so the messages say. They display all the addresses of the other poor suckers who are getting them too. Those email addresses will be useless from now on, as will be mine that are in the contacts list of the people whose accounts have been cracked.

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    Ta guys.
    I rather thought so too.

    I had to tell a friend by phone this morning that he had just recently been hacked, as I had got one
    from "him" and I could see the addresses of the other people in his contact list that had been CCd.

    Of course, he was quite -ed about it.

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    Hi Am,

    I got one of 'your' dodgy emails this morning, as I'm sure some other forum members did as well.

    Interestingly, the recipients list included two to mhutchence. How is Michael doing ?
    Cheers
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    ^ how many of us does this rat flirt with Kev?
    I've had a few emails from this imposter rat as well.

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    Guys.

    The REAL RAT - some cyber non-entity - phished this some months ago, when I had a heap of temporary addresses due to a project.

    The only apology I can extend is that this same non-entity has not yet been exterminated!

    A HINT, though: my real address is from Yahoo, so you should see that in the full sender's details.

    NONE of these will have that. In fact, another of my mail accounts "received" one of these from "me" and it had
    "ameerat...@something.br" (I can't remember the "something", but it was from somewhere in Brazil. I got another from the UK,
    though a different ISP again.

    Join the club (to this real rat's head!) and let's all commiserate.

    So a general warning: If you have any doubt, delete without opening the email, BUT,
    if you DO open it, DO NOT click on any links or attachments.

    Am(or not, as the case may appear to be/not be).

    - - - Updated - - -

    PS: If you do click on an attachment or link, IMMEDIATELY take your computer and throw it down a well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    PS: If you do click on an attachment or link, IMMEDIATELY take your computer and throw it down a well.
    When this first happened, some time ago, I did click on the link and didn't have to throw my computer down a well. Just seems they want to take you to a place that wants to sell you stuff. (yes, when I realised it was from the wrong rat, I then did many scans to check if anything was left on my computer. Nothing.)
    Think it's like them people that ring you trying to sell stuff. A numbers game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Guys.
    ... when I had a heap of temporary addresses due to a project.
    "project", temporary email addresses? Sounds exactly how Mr Spammer Boss would describe his work to his employees. Are you from Russia or Nigeria Am.. here on a visa?

    Last edited by ricktas; 09-11-2015 at 5:33am.

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    UPDATE:
    I received 3 emails from "myself" today

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