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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email?
I use gmail (via google apps) for my small company's email. While it is generally good, the inability to permanently block a sender (e.g. businesses who won't remove me from their spam list) is frustrating, especially when the senders keep appearing in the daily quarantine report. Could this be solved by using Thunderbird as an IMAP client (and “whitelisting” the senders in Postini so they don't appear in the quarantine report)? Is there an easier or more elegant solution? TIA.
posted by quidividi
on Nov 17, 2011 -
Recently spam mail from (what appears to be) the same source keeps getting through my Gmail account. I've never had a problem with this in the past, and the current crop all seems to be roughly formatted in the same way. I've been marking everything I notice as it comes through, but is there anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Nov 3, 2011 -
I'd like to setup an email marketing list for a small magazine I run. For this, I legally need a physical address. I'd rather not use my home address. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by bode well carapace
on Jun 2, 2011 -
My firm is about to send out a huge load of spam, thinking that they are "email marketing." I don't know how to stop it, or how hard I should try before I give up and sit back. [more inside]
posted by thebazilist
on May 17, 2011 -
Are there any low-volume SMTP email relay services which allow the sending of 'spoofed' emails for valid site purposes (like a 'forward to a friend' feature)? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo
on Mar 11, 2011 -
I receive a couple of non-Gmail-filtered spam emails a day, from a friend's compromised machine/account. I can easily deal with them / filter them / discard them.
Besides hitting "Report Spam" I'm just wondering if there is a better place to report these consistent messages. I've been getting them for 6 months or so, doesn't seem the Big G's learning algorithm is ever gonna catch on...
posted by Exchequer
on Nov 30, 2010 -
Some spammer is spoofing my gmail account out into the world. What consequences should I be concerned about?
posted by Guy Smiley
on Oct 19, 2010 -
Do high-profile companies purposefully break their unsubscribe options? I'm not looking for help with spam. I'm (a) wondering if these companies are scamming and (b) wondering if there's anything I can do about it if they are -- not in terms of stopping the scam from affecting me, but rather in terms of getting the scammers in trouble. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Feb 15, 2010 -
Email address getting tons of spam. Email address then disabled, deleted. Spam still happening. How to stop it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 17, 2009 -
Somebody downloaded a file off my server and now they are getting specific spam. How is this? [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID
on Mar 16, 2009 -
Help me figure out why yahoo is auto-delivering emails from my web server directly to any yahoo accounts bulk mail folder. No, I am not a spammer. [more inside]
posted by ChefQuix
on Feb 12, 2009 -
Is there an easier way to select a group of emails in Outlook and extract their header information to a file or to the clipboard - together, all at once? An Outlook plugin perhaps?
Outlook's method sucks because you can only get one header at a time via right-click and view options.
I've got a load of spam that I need to send to my host for investigation.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn
on Nov 26, 2008 -
I'm using Outlook 2007. It keeps trying to send spam emails! When I start it says that it has 980 messages to send, and once it's done one it'll say it's sent 1 of 981 etc and so on (this happens when I have it offline and let it run for a bit). I've run a few virus scanners and they've all come back saying it's clean. What's even more annoying is that my other computer has also started doing this. [more inside]
posted by kg
on Oct 10, 2008 -
It's become apparent that my computer may have a Trojan. I just received a Returned Mail notice for mail I never sent, which instead of displaying my name it displayed "jasen kimberly," and was sent to a strange russian email address: email@example.com. I'm concerned that this may be the result of a trojan "phoning home," or using my computer to send spam.
posted by matkline
on Oct 5, 2008 -
Which is a better option for controlling spam? Buying the IMail Premium Anti-Spam filter for our existing IMail mail server or migrating our mail to Google Apps for Your Domain? [more inside]
posted by bcarroll
on Apr 15, 2008 -
I have an idea for yet another hairbrained social networking website (which paradoxically might hit it big :-) ). I've coded most of it up on a linux server using apache, php, mysql at softlayer.com. The hostname is registered at godaddy (which I can change if desirable). What's the minimum I need to do the following (I'd rather work on the website application logic and learn as little as possible about mail server administration for now): [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym
on Oct 23, 2007 -
I work at a small company with an Exchange server. We need OK spam protection. In an effort to move them to a more FOSS workcycle, I'm advocating SpamAssassin. Basically, I need it to work in our Windows Environment. [more inside]
posted by TrueVox
on Sep 20, 2007 -
Can anyone recommend an email whitelist system that works with my existing hosting service? I want to defeat the spam. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman
on Aug 28, 2007 -
For over a decade I have homed at a Mom&Pop ISP. They used to be good but now they are having frequent outages and seem to be soon to expire.
I guess I should move my email identitie(s) somewhere else but what is the best way? [more inside]
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts
on Aug 4, 2007 -
More than half my outgoing emails wind up in spam folders. I realize that it's inevitable this will happen sometimes, but how can I minimize it?
I use gmail, and I do not, fwiw, use words like "mortgage", "refinance" or "penis" in my messages. I sometimes use a sig, but it's non-hypeish. I do often send links in the body of my emails.
One solution is to follow up re: unreplied-to emails, but 1. if someone did receive my mail but hasn't had time to reply, I look pushy and 2. chances are that my follow-up will be spam filtered, too.
posted by jimmyjimjim
on Jul 12, 2007 -
A sick twist on scam e-mails. Is it worthwhile to do anything about this threatening, extorting e-mail? Has anyone else gotten anything like this? [more inside]
posted by The Deej
on Jun 28, 2007 -
My SO and I are receiving phishing emails on brand new email addresses. The addresses hadn't been given out to anyone when the first ones arrived. Are spammers just constructing likely email addresses and sending blindly? If not, how is this happening? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest
on Mar 21, 2007 -
Due to a mail server that was not properly mailed down, about a year ago, some spam was sent through my mail servers. That's fixed but I still seem to be on the blacklist. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks
on Mar 17, 2007 -
How can I write a procmail rule that would drop messages with GIF or JPEG attachments under 100kB in size? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Mar 10, 2007 -
Why am I getting e-mail that is addressed to my ex-brother-in-law? Is this genuine spam, or something sneakier? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain
on Jan 10, 2007 -
For the last few days I've been getting hundreds of "undeliverable email" messages. The sender of the undeliverable email is a garbage name at my domain. I think some bot is just cranking out these names, having found out my domain name. I'm pretty sure there is no virus on my computer; also I've been using only webmail for a while.
Is there any way to make this stop?
posted by maggiemaggie
on Jan 4, 2007 -
Is this a spammer trying to circumvent my website "contact" button? [more inside]
posted by zek
on Dec 4, 2006 -
What's the state of the art in installable spam filters for Unix mail hosts? Spamassassin has failed me. [more inside]
posted by Nelson
on Nov 10, 2006 -