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Tbell84

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I found several emails in my boyfriends gmail account that were sent to women on craigslist casual encounters.  He denies that he sent them, and says that spyware must have sent them.  They aren't blank, and have different one sentence lines in the body of the email.

He also says he didn't have a conversation with someone on his facebook account and that someoene must have hacked his account and did it.

He also has a tinder account.  I haven't asked him yet, but I am sure he will say that he didn't know he had it and that someone must have hacked his account and created it.

 

I know that this is all BS- but before I confront him again, I would like confirmation that this ABSOLUTELY can't happen. I'm not really familiar with what spyware can do.

We have had some trouble- both of us- with having attempts to get into our emails and facebooks.  My credit card even had charges on it while all this was going on.

But I think we have 2 issues.  I think he did these things- and that we just happened to get hacked at the same time.  Probably a virus on our network from a porn site he has visited.

Is it possible someone downloaded and created a tinder account without him knowing?  Is it possible that spyware got into his email and sent emails to craigslist casual encounter women?

 

(please don't reply with how stupid I am.  I don't believe him but I need to find something in writing to confirm what I think is the case so I can shut down his lies when I confront him.)

Thanks,


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Hi Tbell :)

A spyware by definition won't do anything that you listed above. A spyware is a piece of malware designed to collect information, data on a system and send it to the spreader of that spyware. It's not meant to do anything else, even less create accounts on dating websites. I don't want to accuse your boyfriend of anything but a simple spyware couldn't have done all that. Also, it looks like all these "actions" have one thing in common, and it's all oriented about dating (meet up, dating website, etc.). I honestly doubt that a simply spyware would do that or can even do that and in my experience, I've never seen that happening before. Also, I wonder who would hack an email account only to use it to create a Tinder account. I don't think I even need to see what's happening on your system right now to tell you that all this have very low chances to be malware related.

So with this in mind, I guess you can go back to your boyfriend and asks for more explanations. If he still puts the fault on malware, you can have him check up his system for malware here on GeeksToGo for free. Not only the helper could find any trace of malware on his system and help him remove them, but he could also tell you what infection are present and if they could have done any of the things you mentionned above.

I'm still skeptic about all this, so I wouldn't bet on it.

Good luck with the situation Tbell.
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It is possible if a hacker broke in, but extremely unlikely.


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It's also a good thing to do if you think you have been hacked to obviously change your password but all so check the hacker isn't using your e-mails forwarding section to forward your e-mails to an account he/she has set up especially to collect your new sent and received emails.

I would look at internet history if he has been visiting the said site then that's probably in my eyes near enough proof he is not being 100% honest with you about infections on the said computer. 

Good luck.


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