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Can the IT department send emails that look like they are from me?

Hello, Leo. Under abuse of power, my boss threatened me with termination and
disabled my email account. My fear is that he will get the IT team to plant
fictitious emails; basically, send postdated emails from my address to
competitors to make a case of data theft against me.

Now, I need to understand what all I must do to safeguard myself. Can “they”
– IT – send emails from my address to others? And then can it be proved in
court, if I drag them to court? Because such a malicious and vengeful act may
harm my career forever.

In this excerpt from
Answercast #15
, I look at the access that the IT department will have to
your email account and what they can do.

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Get an attorney

I honestly can’t address what you need to do. This definitely sounds like a
case where you need legal advice and I’m not a lawyer. I cannot give out legal
advice.

I would strongly encourage you to contact an attorney who is versed in these
kinds of actions to get qualified advice.

What the IT department can do

What I can say is that: yes, your IT department can do any number of
things, particularly if they have malicious intent.

  • It is absolutely possible for them to send email that looks like it came
    from you.

  • It is also possible to forge or fake the dates on emails so that it looks
    like (at least at the top layer), the email was sent at a time or a date other
    than when it actually was sent.

Under the hood, using various forensic techniques, the forgery can often
(not always, but often) be disproved.

But, like I said, that’s when it starts to get tricky. That’s when it starts
to touch into the realm of what you can and cannot gain access to legally.
Which is why I have to continue to refer you back to an attorney to take it
further.

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