Received an unsolisited email w/my full name

by Kevin Flask 8 replies
Hello all,

I just received an email through my Yahoo! account with my complete
full name in the subject from someone I have NOT had any dealings
with and therefore, has no permission to send me any emails.

The sender claims to be an attorney in the UK representing a newly
deceased long lost family member with a quite an estate.
(yeah, and propably some swamp land to sell.

This was sent from a Yahoo! email and directions to respond
only through a reply to said email.

I think I am a bit sharper than the dullest tool in the shed...

But I'm curious as to how this character got hold of my full name
as my email has nothing to do with my name whatsoever. Maybe
he gained access to my account information.

Wouldn't that bring up a question regarding Yahoo!'s security?

Thanks for any response,

Kevin
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  • Profile picture of the author sparrow
    if you look at the emails that it was sent to in the header I bet the others had a similar email like yours

    I get them all the time and I originally asked the same question but everyone on the header list had something similar to my email address

    so they must have a script run the possiblie combinations send them out and then I think if they don't get a return email as undelivered they are selling the emails as been deliverable

    Ed
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    • Profile picture of the author Kevin Flask
      Ed,

      Thanks for answering. I have also received spam
      from my own email address...twice.

      I have seen this posted in another thread as well.
      Maybe it's too common.

      Thank you,
      Kevin
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      • Profile picture of the author mmurtha
        Kevin,

        People gather information from various places, ways, etc ...

        There's no telling how they got the info, they simple do. Sometimes people run those scripts that harvest names and emails so they can later spam them.


        And no, it doesn't matter if they have permission or not, this is the difference between someone sending you spam, and others who send to their mailing list.

        Another thing to remember too is although most email programs have spam filters these days, they don't always catch every piece of spam before it hits your email box.

        Get use to it, because if you plan to use the Internet to any degree, and have an email account, spam will find its way into your mailbox ... like it or not.


        Mary
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        • Profile picture of the author ebony66
          Don't worry about these things, you are not alone. It is possible they found your website address and did "whois". I have a paid email service and I still get them from all over but the majority seem to originate from the uk. It looks like I have so many dead relatives all worth millions and millions. Where were they when I needed them. The more I block them the more they keep coming.
          I have received mail from me that I didn't send. How that was done I will never know.

          ebony66
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          • Profile picture of the author Kevin Flask
            Thanks everyone for your help.

            My favorite keyboard function...DELETE

            Kevin
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          • Profile picture of the author vorales
            I also received almost of hundreds email daily from someone that I never know. I also wonder how they can get my email id. But I don't really bother with those emails. Just delete it.
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            • Profile picture of the author hiphil
              Set up your email program to automatically delete any emails from your own address.
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              • Profile picture of the author David Raybould
                Hi Kevin,

                Yeah it's odd man, I have a yahoo email account which gets swamped with spam. No idea where they got my details from, it's an account that I never use for anything so it's not displayed anywhere.

                It's almost enough to make me think yahoo are operating some kind of blackhat operation selling email details lol...

                Still, it doesn't bother me, they can fill the thing up if they want as it's not my main email, but I am pretty curious as to how they got me lol.

                David
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