There are several ways spammers can obtain a person’s email address either directly or indirectly. A spammer will commonly sell or trade lists of email addresses. So once an email address is on one list, it may be merged with other lists and might be nearly impossible to remove. To reduce spam, control the email address and how it is used. Here are the most common ways spammers obtain your email addresses:
From a post to a newsgroup, bulletin board or chat room. Spammers use software programs, often referred to as “spidering” programs, to search for email addresses on these public forums.
From a personal web page. Any email addresses listed on those pages may be located and added to a spammers email list.
By replying to a fake request to be removed from an unwanted email. Often when this is done, he or she is confirming that the email address is valid and is being monitored. This is something a spammer wants in an email address. This can result in even MORE spam. This practice still continues, despite the passage of a federal anti-spam law called The CanSpamAct, that went into effect January 1, 2004, requiring a functioning “opt out” link or a legitimate “reply to unsubscribe” email address.
By signing up for a mailing list without checking their policies first. Hopefully, the person will receive only the emails he or she wants and not spam also.
, etc. This is a hit-or-miss approach to increase their existing mailing list that is often very successful. Spammers also use software programs to generate random user names from common names and words in the dictionary. Again, once they generate their list of user names, they just add a popular domain name to the end.
To report spam, please call 877-321-6851.