Task 4 - How do Spammers obtain my e-mail address?

Spammer's have found ingenious methods for sending Spam.  There are three types of Spam and their descriptions below.

Type 1  Spiders. Spammers utilize programs called spiders which are the most common type . These spiders act much like Search Engine spiders scanning the internet for e-mail address of people.


You can often tell type 1 Spam because they plug in the username (for example DoeJ) instead of the persons actual name. Because they don't know the persons name.


You can also tell these from other junk mail messages because often they will send out e-mail in bulk to one group of people. That's why we are all getting the same e-mail.


Due to this technique, Saint Rose employees should provide a link to the Saint Rose Directory instead of posting their address on the web in order to avoid having your address harvested by spider programs.  Provide users with this link.  They can type in your name and then pull up your phone number as well as link that takes them to a form and allows them to send you an e-mail.



Type 2 List type.  Scrupulous companies will sell customer e-mail lists to other companies that will then send SPAM. These e-mails are easy to spot. Often times they will know your name, so it will say.. "Dear Jane Doe" or "Hello John". It may know what industry you work in, utilizing the information to market to you. I say they are "scrupulous" companies however during the DOT.com boom many companies went belly up. Their only assets were the names and information about their clients. For instance the GO network (Now Disney owned and basically defunct) The Go network was a spin off of Disney. The bubble burst and GO went goodbye. Of its assets the client information was most valuable. Thankfully those names/e-mails etc. were bought by Disney and destroyed. However, many, many other companies sold their lists to whoever would buy.

Type 3 Best Guess. There are millions of e-mail accounts out there. Yahoo, Hotmail, and AOL have millions of subscribers. So if I were sent an e-mail to phantom@aol.com chances are I'd be e-mailing to someone. The SPAMMERS will use software to guess e-mail accounts. 

Find out more about how Spammers get your address

It is difficult to detect if your account has been compromised.  Some tell tale signs that your account has been compromised are:

you receive many non deliverable bounce back messages in your inbox.

your emails are being not being sent.  People are not receiving your emails.

first ensure that the email address is correct in which you are sending to.

Contact your system administrator if you think your account has been compromised.

Continue to task 5  for some tips to reduce the amount of Spam you receive