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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 7:34 pm    Post subject: Having emails in the open Reply to specific post Reply with quote

When you put an email address in the text of a post or, if on the modern view, click the option to have it show the email, spammers and scammers pick that up. They have robots that search sites continuously to collect email addresses. I just received an email supposedly from visa.com that was actually from some PC in italy. It was pretending to be a "credit card alert", but was actually a phish.

I get this kind of thing at my support at ytmag.com because I have to leave that address out where you all can see it so you can report problems. What it tells me though, is that if I receive something like that, any of you who put your email address in the clear on a post, on a photo comment etc, are also going to receive those. If, like me, you put your address out in the open, then you need to learn how to look at the headers of emails and recognize when someone is pulling a con.

Now I'd rather you didn't put your addresses out there where people can see them because it just causes YT to scanned more often and that hurts the performance of the site. But if you do, study how to know the difference between real emails from banks and that sort of places, so you don't get defrauded by these Phishing scams.

One of the anti-virus companies posted a statistic that for every 1 real email there are 800 fraud, scam, spam, virus and spyware emails sent. If you are going to open yourself to receive those, be knowledgeable and wary. There is a lot of information on the net on how to know the difference.
 


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