I don't know much about email spam, so please bear with me: how am I receiving a certain type of spam?
Every now and then a spam email will end up in my inbox informing me that I just signed up for some website. Obviously I haven't signed up for these programs, so I'm wondering how they are getting my email and first name. I have not clicked on any of the emails to know if they mentioned any other personal information.
In the past I have signed up for a few contests from well-known companies and some coupon distributors, all using my real name and email address. Are these companies selling my information or do companies crawl the internet until they find an email with a name attached, then send out bogus user verification emails? My email has not been hacked so I would like to know more about this. Thanks.