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Snail Addy in SPAM!

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology Forum' started by Gina B, May 27, 2003.

  1. Gina B

    Gina B Active Member

    Dec 30, 2000
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    HOW do they do that???
    Here's the thing. The computer I'm on is registered in a different name than mine, as is the internet access.
    The phone line it's connected to is mine, but if you look up my phone number or address you'll find a different name than mine.
    If you look me up by name good luck because I've never given my full and real first and last name together to anyone online.
    So how I got spam that included both the correct name AND address is beyond me.
    Is this normal or would you flip out too? It wasn't as if someone signed me up for porn or anything, it was one of those refinance your home things or something dumb like that.
  2. dianetavegia

    dianetavegia Guest

    Gina, have you ordered anything online off this computer? I have my computer set to fill in the forms automatically and that includes my full address and our names. Also, you've filled out your name and address when you sign petitions... but you'd hope those are safe!

    I'm shocked with you!

  3. Don

    Don Well-Known Member
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    Oct 7, 2000
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    Juno every once in a while sells its e-mail list (along with full names and addresses) to people looking for that information.

    Same with AOL, and a bunch of others.

    Anytime you click on the "unsubscribe" link, you run the risk of having your e-mail address sold to someone who will spam you--because you just verified that your e-mail address is a working e-mail address by unsubscribing (pretty devious, eh?).

    My original e-mail address with Juno started getting over 30 spams a day (most of them pornography related; go figure, since I've never shown any interest in pornographic web sites). I've discontinued using that e-mail address, and created a new one with them. So far, the new one has only been inundated with Juno's advertisements.

    Also, if you've registered a web site, and have your e-mail on that web site somewhere (as opposed to an e-mail submission form), then all they have to do is run a "whois" check on the web site and get the correct name and address for that e-mail address. Try it yourself: Go to register.com, and type in a web site (for instance, Baptist Board). It'll first tell you that the domain is not available, but will also give you a link you can click on to see who the owner is.

    Finally, here's a dandy one (that I think I saw here on Baptist Board): Go to Google, and in the search box, type your name. See what (if any) info pops up on you.