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Google has confirmed that it is possible for spammers to create spoofed emails that appear in a user's 'sent mail' folder.
The Chocolate Factory on Monday told The Register that someone has indeed been creating and sending spam messages with spoofed email headers. These not only show a fake sending address, but also show up in that person's 'sent' screen as if they had typed it themselves.
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Users have been noticing and reporting the problem for a few days on Google's Gmail help forum. In each case, users said that messages they never wrote were showing up in their sent message folders.
While using fake headers to disguise the source of spam emails is nothing new, it is very unusual for a copy of those messages to appear as 'sent' mail. This, understandably lead users to worry their accounts had been hijacked.
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