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Why am I suddenly on the world's creepiest mailing list?

A couple weeks ago I randomly received an email from what appeared to be a "disposable" email address (string-of-alphanumerics@guerrillamail.com). 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 - 4 answers

Are product tester promotions a scam?

Has anyone signed up for one of these sketchy-looking "get free stuff for being a product tester" sites? (example.) What disaster, if any, has befallen you? What expensive personal electronic devices, if any, have you received for "free"?
posted by Tubes on Mar 10, 2005 - 10 answers

No Phishing

I get a phishing e-mail on a daily basis. It probably accounts for 10% of my spam. The FTC and private industry groups are up in arms, but the problem keeps getting worse. Given the little old ladies who are losing their pensions by clicking on these links, why can't anyone catch these guys? What's the technological barrier?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 15, 2004 - 15 answers

How do scammers know which bank I use?

How do scammers who send email claiming to be from my bank and needing my account info know which banks I use? [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by shinnin on Sep 16, 2004 - 14 answers

Where to direct people about scams and spam?

When administering websites and email accounts for the average Jose (hinternet tourists, the lot of them), what's a good FAQ to cc: to them for information on spam and scams?
posted by brownpau on Dec 8, 2003 - 2 answers

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