EMAIL HACK THREAT

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I've received several emails that appear to be coming from my own email on my own Homestead domain that start out with
"Your account is hacked! Renew your password right away!You do not know me me and you really are probably surprised why you're receiving this e-mail, is it right?
I'mhacker who crakcedyour email boxand all devicesserveral months ago. ..."

They then go on to threaten wiping things if I don't pay them, etc.  I know it's got to be a hoax, but wonder how to confirm that it's a hoax and how to get it to stop!
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Happened upon the same in my email Junk folder today.  The mail had not long before arrived and there appeared to be other threatening emails in there as well. (did not open those, but this one looked like it came from the email account I was currently in??)

 Almost without fail, every time I go into my email, the next time I have to reset the password because it will no longer accept the previous one. 

Today, I was in my email account, then suddenly couldn't open any more mail, although, I appeared to still be logged in and could see the mail list. Ultimately, I had to reset the password in order to get back in.  Sometime after that, the scam email came it.  What they were saying I know didn't happen so, empty threats, I think.

Likely not to be able to respond back, if you post again, as I am currently having a bit of a dispute with our host and it seems it isn't possible to clear it up for a few weeks, so I will be down soon. :). 


Good Luck. 
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Getting emails "from yourself" is actually email spoofing. It is not anyone that has access to your email. Spoofing is "the creation of email messages with a forged sender address". It is common for spam or phishing emails. Please just move these emails to the spam or trash folder. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to prevent people from receiving them.
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Had this going on for about 3 months asking for Bit Coin payments (blackmail) I reported to the fraud squad - its being followed up (UK)
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I had the same thing happen yesterday and now I can't get through to Homestead to let them know about the problem. Have you had any support from Homestead on this matter?
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Nope.  No response from Homestead.  I DID get a response from InMotion for my domains/email/website I have with them (because I had a similar email come in on one of those emails).  They checked out the email, said it was a hoax, and it can't be blocked because it comes in disguising as being sent from my own email address.  However, they were able to set my account/domain to block emails being sent as my domain through any servers other than InMotion's servers.  This won't affect my iphone, ipad, computer activity, it just presents a hacker from trying to use my domain (registered with InMotion) through a random outside server.  It would be nice if Homestead knew how to do this!
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My hacker email started out the same way and I reported it to the FTC. Have you received any threats since?
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If you are having issues with not being able to access your email account, I would recommend resetting your email password via your Homestead account.

https://community.homestead.com/homestead/topics/how_to_i_reset_my_email_password

Before you do, I would recommend you run a scan for malware or viruses on your computer.
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I have done both.

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