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Junk email ??

by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 1:16 AM PST

I have recieved an email from someone claiming to live local and seen my profile / pic and would love to meet up ? ( I don't have an account or profile anywhere they started the email with my first name ?? Not sure how they got that.

I stupidly replied to say they had the wrong address !!

I then recieved another email to say there partner was out of town and I ignored that !!

So I now recieved another email asking if I live near the town that I do ?? Have they got that info from me replying ?

Any help is appreciated

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Location via reply email = yes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2015 1:22 AM PST
In reply to: Junk email ??

In the email headers that most folk never look are the IP addresses and more. You can use tools to figure out the general area of where the email traveled.

The new rule is to just delete emails like this. DO NOT REPLY.
Bob

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Junk
by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 1:25 AM PST

Thanks for your reply I can't quite figure it out ? It has 3 ip addresses not sure which is the right recieved one if that makes sense?

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Ip addresses
by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 1:27 AM PST
In reply to: Junk

The ip addresses none local all abroad !! From a gmx.com

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You can't figure it because...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2015 1:37 AM PST
In reply to: Junk

You don't have access to the email you sent them. You would have to send me an email and I'd have to copy the results on my end then send that back.

https://www.icewarp.com/support/online_help/203030105.htm and many other web pages cover this and for the person that just opened this topic may be floored for a few days.
Bob

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Thank you
by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 1:40 AM PST

Thanks for your reply and offering advice

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Just checked link
by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 1:50 AM PST

Hi I just checked the link and from the info found the origin of the ip address was not actually Germany
Thanks again

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(NT) Now you're cooking.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 9, 2015 1:59 AM PST
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Spam /scam
by Sam00oo / January 9, 2015 2:48 AM PST
In reply to: Junk email ??

Just to confirm these sort of emails are spam or scam ?

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both
by renegade600 / January 11, 2015 5:59 AM PST
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they are both, spamming you because it is unwanted email and scamming you to get personal info from you and to verify it is a valid email address

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Why ?
by Sam00oo / January 12, 2015 3:46 AM PST
In reply to: both

I am sorry to keep asking what are probably really stupid or obvious questions. Thanks for your reply I am just curious why do you think they replied to my email saying they had the the wrong person asking if I lived near the town I live in ? And do you think they got that info from my IP address ? Thanks in advance

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who knows
by renegade600 / January 12, 2015 5:03 AM PST
In reply to: Why ?

who knows how they got to you. your personal information has been bought and sold for years and data about you is still accumulating in everything you do. spammers have access to those lists. In addition, your smartphone also will share contact list info with apps thats installed. If you use openid on a website, that website will sometimes grab your contact list. Which means if your friends also download and install apps or use openid, and your name is in their contact list, your name and other info could be shared. and there are so many other ways that it is too much for this thread.

In todays online world your life is an open book, whether you like it or not. you ARE going to get emails to your address with your name on it. If unsolicited, just delete it, otherwise you could get some nasty malware on your computer, if you open it or if you reply it, you verified they had valid info.

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Thank you :)
by Sam00oo / January 12, 2015 5:17 AM PST
In reply to: who knows

Thanks for taking the time to reply much appreciated. It just freaked me out a little knowing my name and location. Thanks for all your replies and helping to put my mind at rest

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