Recently, a friend's mother received a few emails from someone with a Gmail address. The emails were sent to my friend's mother as well at least a hundred of her professional colleagues. The problem is that the emails included a (faked) pornographic image that is supposed to be of my friend's mom. What steps should my friend's mother take to do something about this? [more inside]
posted by juliebug
on Jun 16, 2014 -
I'm getting a lot (like thousands) of Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender mails, how can I a) determine whether the spam mails actually came from my server and b) deal with all these return mails without having to sit here deleting them every few minutes. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta
on May 29, 2014 -
Email filter: I've had trouble for the last couple days with bouncing emails. It's just been to a couple email addresses (that I really need to send things to - NOT SPAM) and I don't understand why. I've googled, seems like sometimes IP addresses just end up on blocklists, however - I use gmail, so what gives? What? Why? How do I fix it? How long will it last? [more inside]
posted by mooza
on Apr 8, 2014 -
What's your feeling on unsolicited recruiter spam on LinkedIn? Because now I want to spam you. [more inside]
posted by colin_l
on Mar 18, 2014 -
A couple weeks ago I randomly received an email from what appeared to be a "disposable" email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). It contained a number of "tinypic" image links, none of which I followed, along with some incredibly creepy text that compelled me to report it to the NCMEC CyberTipline. I'd assume it was a fluke, but for the fact that both
my primary email addresses ended up BCCed on this nonsense. How worried should I be? How did this happen? Is this "type" of email part of a known scam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 10, 2014 -
I help manage a small nonprofit that regularly sends out batches of emails notifying people of upcoming opportunities. Either we're experiencing an upward trend in flakes, or some of our messages are being flagged as spam, or banished to a gmail tab. Looking for pragmatic solutions for increasing our (suspected) delivery rate. [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke
on Mar 5, 2014 -
How can I set up Facebook from scratch with minimal spam/leakage into other accounts and minimal leakage from/to people I don't know? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Feb 6, 2014 -
I might be getting a bit curmudgeonly in my graduate student years, but I'm starting to get annoyed at how many mass emails I get from my university. What should I be expecting here, and should I do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum
on Feb 4, 2014 -
My boss has asked all 8 of us employees to start liking/following/sharing our company's various pages and posts on all the social media platforms, and inviting our friends to do the same. (We have individual pages for each of our 4 products). I am vehemently against doing this, as are a couple others. The boss has tasked the most social media savvy employee amongst us to make sure the rest of us are complying. [more inside]
posted by Josephine Macaulay
on Jan 16, 2014 -
Victim of Target credit card fraud followed up by a massive flood of spam. We're curious what exactly is going on. [more inside]
posted by neilbert
on Dec 31, 2013 -
Over the last week or so, I've been getting private messages on Facebook several times a day. Each of the conversations involves exactly 199 other people (presumably 200 is the maximum number you can contact through Facebook Messenger). They solely consist of people leaving the conversation, or spam. How do I stop them? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry
on Oct 15, 2013 -
I was reviewing my link profile and found out that I had links from shady websites I have never requested links from. they apparently link from a page but when you click on it, you get redirected to a porn site. my question is how can they achieve that? second how do you stop it or prevent it from happening. here are some of the examples:
posted by souleye
on Sep 15, 2013 -
I've started getting emails "from" people in my contacts list. The email is from their name, but with an email address that is not theirs and is different each time.
I have an address with a local internet provider, not gmail or yahoo.
Do I have a virus my antivirus hasn't caught? How can I fix it?
posted by summerstorm
on Jun 19, 2013 -
Unfortunately for those who have to hear me wax poetic about SPAM all of the time, this little tin of potted meat has been my obsession for the past week or so. I have tried a few things, and plan to try another, but I have two tins of SPAM, and only one recipe left.
posted by oceanjesse
on Jun 11, 2013 -
Twice this week, I've fallen for spam emails. Have I compromised my security? Will I die? [more inside]
posted by popcassady
on Jun 7, 2013 -
My Gmail account was very definitely hacked on Sunday.
A whole lot of email was sent, seemingly to everyone I've ever corresponded with from that account.
There was clearly a login from Poland which corresponds exactly with when the emails began to be sent.
The session seemed to last about 7 minutes.
I then received about 150 "mailer daemon" emails due to the bounces from either old addresses, addresses which don't receive unsolicited email and mail servers which correctly identified the content as spam. [more inside]
posted by dance
on Jun 3, 2013 -
The powers that be where I work are reluctant to use Twitter because they think anything they tweet will get spammed. Help me convince them they're off the rails on this! [more inside]
posted by dukes909
on May 31, 2013 -
I get a TON of bounced email, have I been hacked or is this something else? [more inside]
posted by raildr
on Apr 21, 2013 -
A few weeks ago I got some phone calls and emails about a quote I submitted online for moving to some small town in central California. The only problem is I never filled out that form. Since they had my yahoo email, I figured they might have hacked my yahoo account somehow and got my phone number from there. I changed my password and removed my phone number from the account but it was too late. Today I got emails and phone calls about auto insurance quotes. The emails I can ignore and once I answer the phone and explain the situation, the agents remove me from their list but I don't know if I want to put up with this every few weeks.
Has this ever happened to anyone else? and do I have any other recourse than changing my phone number?
posted by amapolaroja
on Apr 16, 2013 -
I have a wordpress blog. Comment sections is being filled daily with spam comments. Is there any way I can block these?
posted by goalyeehah
on Apr 4, 2013 -
Targeted ads based on web history are creeping me the hell out. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by pdq
on Mar 30, 2013 -
What is up with the spam in the Gawker comments? Why have they not been able to filter them out yet? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent
on Mar 16, 2013 -
Two months ago, I applied online for a position at a US-based software developer and have not heard back from them beyond an automatic receipt confirmation. The job, along with related vacancies, is still published on their site. Would it be acceptable to contact the company's HR manager via e-mail or LinkedIn to express my continued interest in the position? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno
on Mar 5, 2013 -
Twice recently my Gmail acct. has been hijacked by someone who is sending spam emails to some, but not contacts --seems to be only recently emailed (by me) people. The spam is an ad, as seen on Fox News for Raspberry drops weight loss aid. How do the spammers access my Gmail account? Could it be through my brand new Android cell phone? I am unaware of any other problems on my (Macbook) home computer. I have a secure WiFi router at home. No evidence malware or virus. I've changed my Gmail password, FWIW. Any suggestions on how/where to find a way from this happening again?
posted by NorthCoastCafe
on Jan 15, 2013 -
Is there a way to export a log of addresses that OSX Mail marks as Junk? [more inside]
posted by mule
on Dec 2, 2012 -
My dad got a spam email with my (unusual) full name listed as the sender, but from a random email address with no association to my name. Was his contact list compromised or was mine? [more inside]
posted by amarynth
on Nov 23, 2012 -
I'm being offered a sizeable chunk of money to add a link to an article on my blog - what potential downside does it have on the way Google sees my site? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on Nov 8, 2012 -
Any suggestions for helping me get rid of annoying spam emails that show up constantly in my hotmail account? [more inside]
posted by fatedblue
on Oct 29, 2012 -
What's a better-security alternative to Spam Arrest for challenge-response email?
I received a password reminder email from Spam Arrest today. It included my full password in cleartext, and when I went to change my password to a long semi-random string of hashed characters I discovered that they silently truncate entries to 20 characters, which would have locked me out if they didn't keep everything in the clear to remind me. Frightening. Is there anyone out there who offer C/R email and knows how to store passwords?
posted by migurski
on Sep 8, 2012 -
Does obscuring email address and telelphone numbers using hexadecimal notation or other techniques in the source code still inhibit spambots? And does blocking IP addresses that the spambots use have any effect? [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Aug 27, 2012 -
Getting spam through the contact form on my site - a lot of it seems to be text from posts on a public forum - what's the point of that? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7
on Aug 21, 2012 -
At regular intervals, I get "press releases" from email@example.com. Full text of one such email below the fold. Is this a joke, spam, art, a trojan or ?? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom
on Jul 12, 2012 -
Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
posted by Glinn
on Feb 10, 2012 -
Emails containing a certain domain name are going missing. How can we fix this now and prevent it in the future? [more inside]
posted by ssg
on Jan 17, 2012 -
Does anyone remember a list of logins and passwords, for a myriad of sites, published online for all the world to use? Its advertised purpose was to allow one to use a website without having to register for access... so you didn't have to go through all the steps, nor receive spam in your inbox later... I think it's been several years since I've even thought of this -- also, I feel it had some form of 'gator' or other reptile in its name.
posted by Tandem Affinity
on Jan 9, 2012 -