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Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

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Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

Anybody else receive hundreds of spam emails today?  Have I been hacked?  

Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

More likely your email address got exposed from either a compromised website or a friend whose email account got hacked. 

 

Try checking your email address here:

https://haveibeenpwned.com

 

 


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Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

Thanks DarkAngelic. I have accounts at 2 of the applications where my email address was found, per HIBP. At Comcast's suggestion I forwarded examples of the spam email to missed-spam@comcast.net and that slowed it down. I am still getting quite a few, and especially concerns me.  

What's the best way to safely stop receiving these? If I click on "Отписаться" ("unsubscribe") on the email below, that just confirms an active email address. Plus, the sender is obviously Russian, so...

I'm also cocerned because some of the other spam is in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. 


Здравствуйте!

Встречалась я тут недавно с однокурсницами.
Из нас шестерых пятеро в разводе.

И угадайте о чем были наши разговоры весь вечер?

...

Отпустить эту боль можно и нужно,
инструменты для этого есть.
Мы делаем это в практической группе
«Исцеляем боль прошлого.»

Следующая встреча в воскресенье, 6 мая,
в 15:00 по московскому времени.

Если вам больно, приходите — полечим.

Участвовать можно в одной встрече или во всем цикле из 7 встреч
— выбирайте тот вариант, который вам подходит.

Оплата здесь:
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Всего вам доброго и до встречи!
Евгения Литтебрант

P.S.: А что моя история?
Было ли ме больно? Смертельно.
Больно ли мне сейчас? Да, отголоски боли еще есть
и я их проживаю.
Мой взгляд в будущее?
У меня есть задачи, которые требуют решения,
и целая жизнь впереди.
Жизнь после развода есть. Smiley Happy

P.P.S.: Присоединяйтесь к нашей группе

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в браузере и вставьте скопированную ссылку в адресную строку браузера.

Если остались вопросы, пишите в службу поддержки на адрес
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Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

When you get mail like this. Block it! Don't ever reply or do anthing like "unsubscribe". You just openned yourself for more attacks, and gave them information on your account and contacts.

Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

These should also be of interest to anyone getting lots of junk emails---------------------

 

http://ask-leo.com/im_drowning_in_spam_what_can_i_do.html

and

https://askleo.com/stopping-spam-harder-think/?awt_l=E37kF&awt_m=In.RoL7ub3dfbL

New Poster

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

Exactly how do you block it?

Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?


@hmomdtp wrote:

Exactly how do you block it?


I have MSN Hotmail account which offer's the choice to "block" a selected (but unopened e-mail). It also shows the actual sender by just hovering over the name of sender shown.

 

I was assuming Comcast mail would have the same features.

New Poster

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

Sadly, there aren't many helpful options on Comcast.  Thanks for your reply.

Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?

Not many helpful options? I'm not sure what you're talking about. It's a pretty robust webmail app. 

 

To deal with junk mail, you need to select it first, then click the button on the Comcast's webmail app named "Mark As Spam", so the sender is blocked, the message marked as spam and then tossed into the Spam folder.... and you're done with it. 

 

If you're using another program to manage your mail, then obviously those program's rules apply. 


"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can." - Neil Gaiman
Expert

Re: Why did I receive hundreds of spam emails today?


@hmomdtp wrote:

Exactly how do you block it?


Spam is difficult, if not impossible, to control using filters you set up.  Spammers just keep changing minor things to get around it.  Keep marking them as Spam when they get to the Inbox to help "train" the filters, and make sure you have the Spam filters enabled in your account.  On the Inbox page click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the page, then on Settings>>>>>Advanced settings.  There you will see the option to turn it on if it isn't already.