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Weird spam emails. No, I did not sign up for your website!


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#1 imbadwithcomputers

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:18 AM

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.



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#2 noknojon

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 02:37 AM

Hello imbadwithcomputers  and Welcome -

and some coupon distributors < These are the type of companies that do "share emails" at times.


Often a new one will slip by your Spam Filter, but mark them as Spam, and your email provider will learn quickly.

As long as you do not click on any Attachments in the "odd emails you should be OK -

 

Keep your Antivirus updated and you can also ilstall Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free and SuperantiSpyware Free
Update and scan with these weekly just to be sure nothing bad has passed into your system, and you should be OK

 

Thank You for your question today - Call back if you wish further information






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