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#1 ThisUser

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 04:51 AM

Good day, 

 

I’ve received an email from a person I do not know (and this email isn’t one that’d I share with people other than job searches, and Amazon).

 

They’ve listed my real name and (not exact ) location. The given email address is: jackbrechtmf@gmx.com under the name “Mary”.

The contents of the email are as stated:

 

(*ThisUser* is used in place of where my real name would've been)

 

>Re: *ThisUser* ?

 

"*ThisUser*, are you around *MyNearestCity* ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

xagxufuxsh nvy"

 

 

 

...The creepiest part being the random gibberish at the bottom of the email. This may seem like a troll, but I’m genuinely worried it could be someone dangerous...(couldn't find any info on the email)

 

 

I use an icloud email account and haven't been able to find out how to find the sender's IP address.

 

I'm also on a Late 2014 iMac 5K Retina running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm being a bit paranoid with this issue, only because this email address shouldn't be known to people I haven't met in person...

 

Thank you for any help,

 

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 05:12 AM

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Posted 09 January 2016 - 05:52 AM

WELCOME TO BC...

If you want to view the email's header to possibly see the sender's IP which can give you the geographical location of the sender, iCloud: See more details about an email

Be aware that if the sender is using a proxy the info may not be valid.

 

You broke the rule that says "DO NOT open email from an unknown sender. NEVER open an email attachment that you are not 100% sure of what it contains.

NEVER click on a link in an email without verifying beforehand where it will take you.

 

I see nothing in the info you provided that would be threatening. Of course, your concern is how your email address was gotten by an unknown sender.

There are several ways including guessing and posting the address in forums and social media. You mentioned job searches and if you have given the address

as a contact method at some job listing site then that could be the source. Email addresses are a commodity sold in bulk.


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