Spammers collect email addresses from chatrooms, websites, customer lists, newsgroups, and viruses which harvest users' address books, and are sold to other spammers.
Here's a few tips to keep your email habits up-to-date:
- When receiving email solicitations on any service, be careful. Our recommendation is not to email these individuals. Many times they will suggest that if you want to be REMOVED from their mailing list that you respond back and in some way, ask to be removed. Once you do respond, they then know that your email is a working email and chances are your email address will be given to countless other SPAM lists.
- If you receive what you think is SPAM a good way to check is to hover your mouse over a link inside the email. Wait a second or two and you should see a pop up box that identifies where the link will send you once clicked. SPAM links will send you to websites that have been hacked and eventually you will arrive to a buried directory that the owner has no idea exists.
- Spammers often use false names, addresses, phone numbers, and other contact information. If it looks fishy, it usually is.
- Senders may go to great lengths to conceal the origin of their messages. Spammers can pretend to originate a message apparently from any email address.
- Spamming can have serious consequences for legitimate email users. Not only can their email inboxes get clogged up with "undeliverable" emails in addition to volumes of spam, they can mistakenly be identified as a spammer.