Your email may have been hacked

Screenshot 2015-03-05 06.43.45AOL email has been around for a long time. And, when we have had an email address for a lifetime, we don’t want to change it. OK. We get that but if you insist on using that AOL email address know you have probably been hacked. Again. We have a SPAM filter full of these messages this morning. If you are an AOL user, please change your password immediately.

Here are a few ways to tell if your email has been hacked:

  • People you know are getting emails from you that you didn’t send.
  • Your inbox is full of MAILER-DAEMON rejection notices for messages you didn’t send.
  • There are outgoing messages in your Sent, Drafts or Outbox folder that you didn’t create or send.
  • People in your Contacts list are telling you they are receiving strange email from you, but you DO NOT find any strange email in your Sent Folder: Your account has most likely been spoofed.
  • Emails you try to send are suddenly getting refused and returned to you.
  • There are email addresses in your Contacts list that you didn’t add.
  • Click here for more from AOL.

Also read: What your email address says about you

Don’t use AOL? Change your password for whatever email provider you use on a regular basis. When is the last time you did that?

Chief Tipster Dayna Steele
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