Friend's email taken over by martians or similar, what to do

Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2011 01:43 pm
So I was happy to hear from my old boss again, it's been a few months -
Huh, he's selling me something, this is not like him, so I didn't click on the link.
There was a second email message with another link, also an apparent pitch. I didn't click on that either.
I tossed them into yahoo's spam chamber.

This happened once before to a friend whose blackberry was stolen, but she contacted me later, and she's computer sharp.

This time, I know my old boss is more clueless than even I am, so I feel like I should contact him. Using the phone would probably involve, besides the warning, a long friendly conversation, with long distance fees.

Can I safely email him at the email address I assume has been taken over? (I have an imac)
I'm assuming I shouldn't.

Does this mean my friends and lovers will get salesy emails from my email address?

Thanks in advance.
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Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2011 01:52 pm
One very common result of picking up a virus is that it sends spam messages to everybody in the victim's contact list. This does not mean that the victim cannot receive incoming emails. They may not even know that it is happening. So you should let him know. You should advise him to review his virus protection and run a virus scan on his computer. You should do these things too.

Reply Thu 27 Oct, 2011 01:57 pm
I figured virus (she says knowingly).

Thanks, I'll email him. The good news is both of his sons are computer savvy. (Hah, although now their aging so maybe they've lost their savvy..)
Reply Sat 29 Oct, 2011 05:50 pm
they're (blush)

On the weird emails, a) I still doubt they were by him, but maybe, and b) I'll give it a while and maybe I'll call.

He's the one that planned that we could sit at the bus bench together in our bundled coats in our old age (seriously good boss, a go getter in contrast to what I say he said).
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