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The Worst Thing Today

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Michy
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Location: California

Postby Michy » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 2:23 pm

This has happened to me twice in as many months. I discussed it with our IT director at work and he tried to explain it to me -- most of which went over my head -- and he, too, called it spoofing.

I didn't see the email that went out, but supposedly it contained a link to an advertisement for Viagra. Since it went out to all (or nearly) my contacts, many of whom are ministers and/or their wives, I was, needless to say, quite mortified. :o

I changed my password a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully it won't happen again. Fingers crossed.....

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 2:44 pm

"LoveHistory" wrote:Sorry about your dental infection, MLE.

Russ are you sure the account has been hacked? I frequently get spam that is supposedly from my email account, but in reality is from somewhere else. They call that spoofing. At any rate change your password immediately (if you haven't already).


I get spoofed emails all the time looking like they came from someone who didn't send it. One of our salesmen got a virus years ago on his PC and it sent an email with a document attached which I assumed came from him. I opened it and got the same virus.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Miss Moppet
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Location: North London
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Postby Miss Moppet » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 5:09 pm

"MLE" wrote:Dental infection. :( The whole lower left side is swollen -- I don't dare talk for fear of rapping my teeth together. So far, the antibiotic hasn't taken hold.

I' trying to cheer myself up by thinking of dental options-- or the lack thereof -- in the 16th century. Or Kenya.

I wish it was working.


I had appalling toothache last Christmas which turned out to be sinus pain. I really thought I had an abcess until the dentist said not. Antibiotics did eventually sort it out but I had a very painful week first.

My dentist says gargling warm salt water can help with infections but I don't know if it is appropriate in your case. Anyway, hope you will soon be on the mend MLE!

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Misfit
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Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 5:27 pm

"Miss Moppet" wrote:I had appalling toothache last Christmas which turned out to be sinus pain. I really thought I had an abcess until the dentist said not. Antibiotics did eventually sort it out but I had a very painful week first.

My dentist says gargling warm salt water can help with infections but I don't know if it is appropriate in your case. Anyway, hope you will soon be on the mend MLE!


I feel that pain. Years ago I had an abcess that hid for months - I was dying of pain but nothing showed on the xrays. They finally found it when it .......(you do not want to know). Amazing that they were able to save it after all that via root canal - and they told me afterwards they never expected the RC to take.

Feel better. I think there's some kind of topical something you can buy to put directly on it.
At home with a good book and the cat...

...is the only place I want to be

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Miss Moppet
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Postby Miss Moppet » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 5:40 pm

"Misfit" wrote:I think there's some kind of topical something you can buy to put directly on it.


We have Bonjela in the UK, but it's more for mild pain. When I was 2 I ate Superglue thinking it was Bonjela. I had to be taken to the hospital to have my stomach pumped.

I was thinking we had a cat who loved eating Bonjela, but now I think about it, he liked Germolene.

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: Christmas Lights by Karen Swan & The Christmas Card Crime and other stories
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
Location: Essex/London

Postby Madeleine » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 7:18 pm

I thought Bonjela was more for mouth ulcers, which is what I've used it for. Still if it has a painkiller in it then it might help. I also used oil of cloves when I had toothache several years ago, it helped a bit but doesn't taste that good! Hope you feel better soon.

My dog used to love Germolene too! she also used to lick off hand cream, body lotion, suntan cream if we'd put it on and she'd come over and lick our hands or legs...we put Savlon on her paw once when she cut it, and she licked that off too!
Currently reading "Christmas Lights" by Karen Swan & "The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories"

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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favorite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri October 22nd, 2010, 8:22 pm

Thanks for the good wishes, all. Miserable night, but the thing has started draining and the antibiotics kicked in.
I've already had root canals in all the teeth on that side, apparently what's left of the root of the back molar anchoring the cantilever-crown-bridge-crown has cracked. It's implants or a partial denture for me now. $$ :eek: $$

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LoveHistory
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Postby LoveHistory » Sat October 23rd, 2010, 4:52 pm

"Michy" wrote:This has happened to me twice in as many months. I discussed it with our IT director at work and he tried to explain it to me -- most of which went over my head -- and he, too, called it spoofing.

I didn't see the email that went out, but supposedly it contained a link to an advertisement for Viagra. Since it went out to all (or nearly) my contacts, many of whom are ministers and/or their wives, I was, needless to say, quite mortified. :o

I changed my password a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully it won't happen again. Fingers crossed.....


Thing about spoofing is that they never actually get in your account, so if it went to everyone in your address book, you probably were hacked.

And, as already mentioned, there are viruses that automatically send themselves to everyone in your address book.

Spoofers use your email as the return address but they don't really compromise the security of the account, so changing your password actually doesn't stop the spoofing. But I've learned not to buy Viagra from myself. :D
Another thing I've noticed with those...emails that are actually from me have my name in the sender section of my inbox, those that are spoofed only list my email address.

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Michy
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Location: California

Postby Michy » Sat October 23rd, 2010, 8:32 pm

I think the emails did actually "come from me," because the delivery failure notices (some of my contacts need to be deleted or updated) all came to my in-box. I don't think there was a virus involved, though, because I ran a virus scan and it didn't find anything. Also, I have a Mac and they don't usually have problems with viruses. Fortunately, most of the people in my contacts know me well enough to know it wasn't really from me -- for one thing, I never forward forwards. So hopefully this didn't cause a problem for anyone.

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rockygirl
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Location: Upstate New York

Postby rockygirl » Sat October 30th, 2010, 1:00 am

Driving home early from work with an incredible migraine and blowing out a tire, needing a tow, replacing a tire on the car I'm replacing in the next two weeks.

If it wasn't for bad luck.....


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