I never gave my email address to a dating site. Why do I get Russian dating scam emails?

I’ve never even visited a dating site. What are some other ways they can get my email address?

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3 Responses to I never gave my email address to a dating site. Why do I get Russian dating scam emails?

  1. Ghana Banana says:

    Did you ever open one of these messgaes? If so, thats why you are getting more. These companies often just send out random messages to every email combination a@yahoo.com, ab@yahoo.com, 1ab@yahoo.com, etc, etc to tens of millions of random addresses. If you open the message it sends a receipt back to the sender that your address is live, and your address will be sold to other companies. Every time you open these messages, they will send you more. The only way to lessen them is to make sure your spam guard is on, not open emials from people you dont know, and mark them as spam and delete without opening. But they can also get your address if you signed up for any website, mailing list, etc that sells your details, as many sites do

  2. lucee says:

    Have you received more than one of these? If you ever opened one, and obviously you have, that’s how they have your real name and email address. Until then, that message was just one of millions they send out. If they get people to open them out of curiosity, that’s what gives away your name. STart putting these in spam UNOPENED. Eventually they will stop if they don’t get any response from you.

  3. Lyn G says:

    It is called spam, and there are many, many ways to have gotten it. If you want to control it, then STOP opening them! Opening spam alerts the sender that your address is a valid one and they send you loads and loads more. You can not completely stop all spam, but you can help to put a big dent in it.
    Check mark them and click on ‘Spam,’ this should stop those addresses from being delivered to your inbox.
    Use your spam guard and block address.
    Look for the ‘Options’ link at upper right corner of mail screen and click on it
    Options /mail options
    Click on ‘spam’ in the list on the left.
    Make sure spam guard is on, by checking in the little box.
    Then in ‘Blocked Email Addresses,’ enter the E-mail address you wish blocked, in the box after ‘Add a blocked address’ and click on the ‘add’ button, then click on save changes at top left of screen.
    You will never get mail from that address again.
    This should help you to control your spam.
    Other tips:
    Do not ever open E-mail from people you do not know; and unless you are absolutely sure who it is from then treat them as spam.
    Never, ever give out your account information or other personal information to anyone.
    If you are on a site and you absolutely have to sign up for something, check the entire page to make sure you uncheck any lines wanting to send you any other info, notices, catalogs, ads, and the like.
    Added detail:
    Yes, spammers change one item in their addresses a lot, so you might try blocking the entire domain, by putting in
    *@ thedomainyouwanttoblock.com
    for instance: *@seeyou.com
    Or, if they change the domain, instead of the company name you can block the name by putting in Imatheft_inc@*
    Hope this helps

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