Where they got your email

Scammers buy your email address in a huge packet of email addresses from people YOU GAVE IT TO; for example, to start an account on a harmless message board or to request information from somewhere. Those websites, in order to make a little extra cash on the side, sell that information in bulk to other businesses. I could go and buy your email address too, if I wanted to waste my money.

This is why I always type in fake information if I'm dealing with a website that I know doesn't need my info. The only reason a website would ask for my email address when I know they don't need it is for selling it or spamming me with it later. So think about whether or not you actually want the business you're giving your information to to be able to contact you. If not, make up something else. They don't need to know your gender, age, etc., and they have no right to require it. Sometimes I go and set up a quick fake email to use for their verification email and then I never use that email address again. Even with all of this, I have ended up on some crappy spamming lists - behold, this website.

Always be suspicious when someone is asking for any information from you. I know we all want to make contacts, but if there's no good reason why someone would actually need that information in future, then don't give it to them. Once your email is on one of these lists, it's there forever. And the list just keeps getting resold and circulated, so new scammers are just going to keep coming in to your inbox.

The junk I post on this site actually goes into my junk-mail folder (I dig it out and post it for you) because I have my email set to only allow mail from people I know to get into my inbox. This is also an emergency setting I was originally reluctant to implement. But it has been in effect for about ten years and is working very nicely. If you're being bothered by junk-mail you could try this setting. Most email providers have it.

A good way to test if someone is selling your information is, when registering or giving them your information, give them the right email but a totally fictitious name, something you'll remember. That way when you receive offensive spam addressed to Mr. FakeName you know who sold your information. Problem is you have to make up a fake name unique for each request for information and remember which one went to which.

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  1. Actually I have a e-mail account put aside for 'junk mail'. If a company that I'm asking info on (or something I'm joining) request an e-mail address that's the one I give, knowing full well it's going to be fill with mostly junk mail. (With a few deals on the stores I have a card for, JCP, Fashion Bug, etc)

    I recently did a Pay Day Loan and all of a sudden offers are coming out of the woodworks. None of which I'm falling for. The one that I chose (after a LOT of background checking) IPL is good enough for my needs.

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    1. i cant get the pay day loan peopl to stop.everytime i jump on my computer itslike they know it i start getting calls started for the day ect.

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  2. have a e-mail account put aside for 'junk mail'.

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  3. I'm so glad this web page was created. I just received an email regarding a neighborhood alert. I was starting to panic but then realized I might want to put in some googling time to research this alert. That is when this site came up!!thank you for your warnings and the email does appear to be legit except, the graphics are not personalized/custom. They are just basic logos edited to fit in a text box. There are several different things in the email itself that "should" stand out but it's up to us to pay attention.

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  4. Will the sex-centered spam emails be a result of looking at porn websites or could this spam be sent from using your email at other non-porn sites?

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    1. You get those no matter what you do, it's just a mailing list in the hands of creepy assholes.

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    2. Not always. I started getting porn emails when I was letting my kids go to the Disney sites to play games. It actually showed that I had gone to porn sites when I had not. When I clicked to see how many times it showed "0." But it could have looked to someone (like a spouse) that I had gone to these sites. I found out that Disney also owns the biggest chunk of the porn industry. Disney is nasty.

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    3. This type of spam is very very common with visits to porn sites and also nasty dating sites. Specially with the advanced filters.

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  5. Lost $69.95 thinking I was getting some aged health info. It's been a month since and I'm fuzzy bout this. When I clicked on "continue" I had bought "something". Usually at that time there is another page with more questions. Therefore I tried to cancel the transaction and thought I had done so. A couple of days later I discovered a charge for that full $69.95 on my checking account. Obviously I'm not as savvy as I think I am If my bank is not sympathetic, I just lost $69.95. Probably a good lesson.

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  6. My name is Ruth Moore from uk. I never believed in love spells or magic until i met this spell caster once when i went to Africa in February this year on a business summit. I meant a man who’s name is DR.OYINBO he is really powerful and could help cast spells to bring back one’s gone, lost, misbehaving lover and magic money spell or spell for a good job or luck spell .I’m now happy & a living testimony cos the man i had wanted to marry left me 3 weeks before our wedding and my life was upside down cos our relationship has been on for 3years. I really loved him, but his mother was against us and he had no good paying job. So when i met this spell caster, i told him what happened and explained the situation of things to him. At first i was undecided, skeptical and doubtful, but i just gave it a try. And in 7 days when i returned to Canada, my boyfriend (now husband) called me by himself and came to me apologizing that everything had been settled with his mom and family and he got a new job interview so we should get married. I didn’t believe it cos the spell caster only asked for my name and my boyfriends name and all i wanted him to do. Well we are happily married now and we are expecting our little kid, and my husband also got the new job and our lives became much better. His email is prophetoyinbojesus@yahoo.com

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