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Before you do anything please change your email password ***** you have not. If you need help with changing your password, please Reply and let me know which email service you are using.
Once you change your password ***** hacker/spammer will no longer have access if they still did. They likely got access to the account and got the contacts. Now they are sending from another account but spoofing the email so it appears to come from you. This is a very common issue that happens to many.
This means they are sending email disguised as you but not actually from your account. Read More here:
As far as preventing someone from spoofing your email address you cannot. The account that is spamming your contacts will be shut down so this will not go on forever.
The best thing to do is send an email to your contacts letting them know what is going on and not to click links in any suspicious email that appear to come from you since you are being spoofed.
Great. If your company has a website or lists your email address publicly online this could be why this happened. It is always a good idea to not put your email address out there but in business, it is sometimes necessary. They use software that scans websites for email addresses and then spoof those to try and trick employees at the company.