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Is it possible for a malicious site to send an e-mail, or Web page requesting details, have the form sent back unknown to the user, (the user of the PC has not filled it out) and then return an e-mail stating that the form has been received?
This question is a little unclear, but let me answer what I think you are asking...Is it possible for someone to trick your computer into filling out and e-mailing a form (with private information in the form) without you knowing this has happened?

Answer: I have never heard of this kind of security attack. There certainly are programs that attempt to gather information from your computer, and then send it secretly to someone. This is called spy-ware. But I don't believe any of these programs use e-mail messages to send the information.

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This was last published in December 2004

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