From the Actrix Online Informer April 2010

by Rob Zorn

Readers' Forum April 2010

If you'd like to ask a question or request some help on any Actrix or Internet-related matter. Simply send us an e-mail with the word "Forum" in the subject line. I'll try and get an answer to you by return e-mail, and will also post the answer here for the benefit of others who may have a similar question or problem. By the same token, if you read something here and think you may have something to suggest, please feel more than free. Please also note that questions and answers may turn up under the Helpful Tips section on the Actrix home page (


Dave writes: I know nothing about this message. Should I be concerned?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mail Delivery System"
Sent: Sunday, March 07, 2010 4:45 AM
Subject: Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender
> This message was created automatically by mail delivery software.
> A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its
> recipients. This is a permanent error. The following address(es) failed:

Hi Dave, No, you don't need to be especially concerned. Your email address is on a spam list (along with everybody else's) and spammers use other people's email addresses as the from address for their spam. This means they don't get all the bounces and it makes them harder to find. At the moment it's your turn, so you might get a few bounces for spam emails you haven't sent. This will come and go and happens to most email addresses at some stage.


Michael writes: We downloaded this message this odd message this morning – which appears to be addressed to Actrix – and came through without any "invoice" attachment.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Manager Thanh Lane"
Sent: Monday, March 08, 2010 11:37 AM
Subject: UPS Delivery Problem NR.6195527

> Dear customer!
> Unfortunately we were not able to deliver your postal package you have
> sent on the 17th of December in time >/< ...

Hi Michael, Yes, it would have come to you because you're one of a group to which it was sent. It would appear to be addressed to someone else because your email address would have been in the BCC field with someone else's address is in the to field. It's probably just a phishing attempt designed to confuse you into thinking there's a problem you need to sort out, or to lure you with the possibility of getting this package that you didn't send.

They will tell you any old rubbish to get you to click the link they provide which might take you to a nasty site with viruses. This one often has an attachment for you to click that is also a virus. If there was no attachment it was probably removed by your anti-virus software.


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