Receiving emails from myself that I've never sent

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I have been receiving emails from my own email (slimpickins@wildblue.net) that I have never sent. They have attachments which I have never opened.
I have put the emails in a folder under my "in Box" folder titled "bad emails". Could you look at them and see what they are?

thanks,
mike
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John Langsenkamp

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This sounds like your email address has been hacked, not necessarily your computer. I have had my friends say that I had sent emails selling a certain product. Haven't had one sent back to me though. I would change your password periodically. Changing the password usually takes care of it. I also use Malwarebytes free edition. This is the best anti malware program out there.
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Exede Lindsey

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Hi Slimpickuns1114,I’d have to agree with our forum member John, this certainly sounds like your email has been infected/hacked. I’d suggest getting a new email going forward, updating your password would also assist with hacks. Unfortunately this is not something necessarily we can fix from our end. 
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Changing your password will only help if your email account has been hacked (but go ahead and do it anyway).  

More than likely what you are seeing is call spoofing (more precisely "from address" spoofing or sending email that appears to be coming from someone else), which is relatively easy to do - just as easy as specifying somebody else's return address on a letter.

You'd have to examine the email headers themselves to determine what ip address and/or servers it was actually sent from. Then you'd need to report it to the postmaster at the server it's sent from. Even then it rarely helps since they're very adept at spoofing the ip address and server from which it's being sent.  

Spammers and phishers harvest valid email address and compose lists that tey use to send both to and from. You're likely on one or if not will be - you've published your email address on a very public forum. The moderators would do well to remove it from your post.

With an attachment it's possible this is a phishing attempt of some sort - hoping you'll open it since you trust yourself or those who know you trust you.  
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Those attachments may even be ransomware so just don't ever open them. I get a deluge of spam and ransomware etc daily and some of it even purports to come from me.  It all gets deleted.