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#1 rjf53

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:02 AM

Got an email today from an online retailer that I never heard of about a fictional order with a link to check the details.

 

Of course these are quite common but in this case they have my full name, cellphone number, and a previous address.

 

Should I be worried about this? Is there anything I can do?



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 07:27 AM

Welcome to BC...

 

A bit late to be concerned about your info being on the web. You made a huge error in even opening the email. Now, most likely, the spammer

knows he has a valid email address to spam due to a beacon hidden in the email. Clicking on links in emails or opening attachments are dangerous, too.

NEVER open an email from unknown source and NEVER open an attachment unless you are 100% sure of what it contains.

 

That info could of been gotten from numerous sources.


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Posted 02 October 2017 - 08:13 AM

I have to disagree with buddy215 in terms of never opening e-mail from questionable sources.   There are messages that I would not open because they are obviously spam, phishing, etc., but others I would open because errors do happen.

 

Were I you I would check with my credit card company/companies to see if any charge has appeared on any account related to the company mentioned or any other that you do not recognize.   If you come up empty, then I'd just delete the message without thinking about it further.

 

As buddy215 has correctly mentioned the kind of information that is contained in that e-mail message is very easily obtained from myriad online sources for virtually anyone.  Try doing a web search on your own name, including middle initial (if applicable), and the state where you live now to see just how much historical information about you is out there for the picking.

 

Privacy as generations prior to those who've come of age in the computer age knew ceased to exist several decades ago.


Edited by britechguy, 02 October 2017 - 03:26 PM.
Fixed "new" with "knew"

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Posted 02 October 2017 - 01:24 PM

Thanks guys.

 

A beacon is an image, right? It's a basic old-style text email, no images, and my email client doesn't display images anyway. I'm well aware of the dangers of attachments and links, in fact I considered asking what would likely happen if I did click on this link, because I never have, on any message that I wasn't entirely sure about.

 

I've now realised that info has been out there for years attached to my domain names. I'm not going to google my own name, I'd rather not know! :)

 

Thanks again.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 02:37 PM

From Wikipedia.... 

QUOTE: A web beacon or web bug is one of various techniques used on web pages or email, to unobtrusively (usually invisibly) allow checking that a user has accessed some content.[1] Common uses are email tracking and page tagging for web analytics. Alternative names are tracking bug, tag, or page tag, tracking pixel, pixel tag, 1×1 gif, and clear gif. [2] When implemented using JavaScript, they may be called JavaScript tags.[3]


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