Spam Email

If you are like me, you are probably getting hundreds of emails a day from unsolicited spam accounts. Many of these are nefarious accounts looking to collect information from you, or to try and get you to buy something from them. It is rare that any of these are legitimate accounts.

Merriam Webster Definition

Spam: unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as e-mails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places.

Phishing: a scam by which an Internet user is duped (as by a deceptive e-mail message) into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly.

Ways To Combat Spam And Phishing Emails
  • In your email program select spam
  • scroll down to the bottom of the email and see if it contains "unsubscribe"

There are many ways that these underhanded email senders get your information. Some is done via website searching with programs collecting your email off of an official site you created. Another way is that you did business with someone that sold your information after you did business with them. They also get this information off of networking sites that sell your information. Facebook is notorious for pretending to be a networking site, but in effect is really just a glorious data mining site. Another aspect is terrible sites like Adobe letting your info leak out onto the dark web. You may even get a phishing email asking for a ransom that included a current or very old password. Do not be alarmed. They probably don't really have your information.

Further Reading:

Federal Trade Commission Consumer Information