I am getting tons of Spam after joining here!

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by MontyZ, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 7, 2005
    Why am I all of a sudden getting tons of spam just shortly after joining this site? I used an email address that wasn't public here (because they don't accept Hotmail accounts), and since then I've been bombarded with spam.

    Are the Admins here giving out our email addresses??
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    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    This is news to me - we don't *give out* emails. Is this the only place you've used the email address?

    We'll check on it and get back to you.

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    baby duck monge

    Feb 16, 2003
    Memphis, TN
    i have not heard of people having that problem around here, and i know i certainly have not seen it happen :):knock on wood::). did you happen to post your email address anywhere on these forums or anywhere else asking someone to send you information about something? selling something? buying something? there are lots of programs that search through message boards for addresses, so it's possible that something like that happened.
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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    MacRumors absolutely never shares your e-mail address with any company or person. The privacy policy statement can be found at the bottom of the main site page and I've seen no violations of it in the years I've been here. These are the most common cases I know where a newly created e-mail address (one intended only for MacRumors) receives spam:

    1. The group or ISP that issued the e-mail address has shared it, with or without your knowledge, within or outside of their privacy policy. I've had this happen to me twice!

    2. Your e-mail address has a simple pattern, e.g., yourfirstname@aol.com or happy123@comcast.net, because spammers generate such addresses based on lists of names and lists of common words and patterns, whether or not the addresses are known to be valid. I've been hit by spam this way too.

    3. You shared it, maybe without remembering, by posting it in the forums or telling it to somebody else, who might have posted it or spread it elsewhere. For example, somebody who knows your address might send their latest list of jokes to everyone in their address book, including you, thereby spreading your e-mail address to everyone they know.

    Less likely possibilities:

    4. There is some other way that your e-mail address came to be used by spammers, such as it having been used by you or somebody else in the past.

    5. The forum software has some kind of glitch that revealed your e-mail address. There has never been evidence of this.

    6. The forum database has been hacked. There is no evidence of this either.

    Least likely of all:

    7. MacRumors shared it.
  5. macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    the only mail i get is when someone replies to a thread iv subscribed to, and iv been at macrumors for about 2 years now. so i really doubt its macrumors fault.
  6. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I've had no problems as well, even after changing my email address here.

    Woof, Woof - Dawg
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2003
    Dallas, Texas
    I can't speak for the others, but I have NEVER received any spam since joining MR.

    Maybe some spammer just got a lucky break by correctly guessing your email (the comp does the work for them) shortly after you joined MR.

    In support of the above, I do get some spam (2 to 5 per day) on my primary email account, even although that account has never been posted publicly anywhere, nor is it used by me when I join groups/forums etc.
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    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    SPAM free here also, even after emailing privately with others.
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    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
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    Inspector Lee

    Jan 24, 2004
    East Lansing, MI
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    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    However, be warned if you ever do decide to include your email in a post: the spambots will grab it.

    I placed a short term email address in a post, after getting sick of the cyberbegging people were doing by coming here -- and it became spam central rather quick.
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    Feb 20, 2004
  13. macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2004
  14. macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I must admit, I'm not sure if it's something I said, or something I did (didn't?) do... But everyone seems to think I have a small tally-whats-it and "INSTANT HERBAL IMPROVEMENTS" are the solution... :rolleyes:

    (But I got those long before I joined MR, so other than that, spam-free as well :D )
  15. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    A friend of mines little sister got ads for "growth" as well. On a new Hotmail account at that, never even used. I get ads for breast enlargment, depite being a guy. It happens. Viakagra as well (also not needed).

    Me thinks the original poster is jumping the gun a bit. And since when can't you use Hotmail and Yahoo accounts? I'm signed up here with a Hotmail address.
  16. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Never received any spam from MR ever. :)

    The thread creator must have posted (s)he email on here, that could be why? Or maybe just getting the random spam as everyone else does.
  17. macrumors 68000


    May 8, 2004
    I Live Where I Live
    Where's the spam from, could it possibly just be a misunderstanding on the term "spam"

    Maybe it's not spam and you choose to recieve e-mails when someone replyies to a thread?

    Also no spam here :D
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    Jan 16, 2004
    London, England
  19. macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    Are you sure it wasnt from that porn website you visited last week?

    jk buddy
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    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Q Division, Los Angeles
    MontyZ, you should change your e-mail address, making sure it's something unguessable, and see if your spam stops. That should solve your problem AND confirm that MacRumors isn't leaking it.
  21. macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica

    Thats the only reason I get spam. :p jk

    MacRumors has never sent me spam. :cool:

    P.S. Are you sure you didn't fill out any form at microsoft.com or dell.com? ;)
  22. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    No the Admins would never do that,... well read the privacy policy (I think they have one). Now do a search for your name on this site, or your email address on google. You'll find the MacRumors pops up with your posts. Yeah...

    Privacy Statement for MacRumors.com, DailyTunes.com, and MacBytes.com

    We have created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses our information gathering and dissemination practices for the websites: Dailytunes.com ,MacRumors.com and MacBytes.com.

    We use your IP address to help diagnose problems with our server and to administer our website - which includes hacks/spamming/abusing posts in which case you may be held liable.

    This site contains links to other sites. MacRumors.com is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such Web sites. However, no information is transmitted from MacRumors to sponsor sites.

    We offer registration to our site in which we ask visitors for contact information (primarily, their email address). The customer's contact information is used to contact the visitor when necessary. Users will not be sent unsolicited email and their information will not be distributed or sold in any other fashion.

    We allow you to prevent your true email address from being revealed online at our website.

    Contacting the Web Site

    If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or
    your dealings with this Web site, you can contact

    Arnold Kim
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 19, 2004
    If you are really paranoid about this sort of thing, you could always use Spamgourmet. It lets you create an infinite number of "fake" e-mail addresses that will forward e-mail to your real e-mail address. You can have a unique fake address for pretty much everything, so for example you could sign up for MR with an address like "macrumors.4.spamgourmetusername@spamgourmet.com." That way, if you see things in your inbox that were originally sent to that address, and you know you didn't give out that e-mail address to anyone other than Macrumors, you'd know that there's a high probability that MR shared your e-mail address.
  24. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    So... why hasn't MontyZ posted since? Did he really just think it was MacRumors, so he left? Yeah, that'll stop the spam. Looks like he posted a couple of times before this post.

    I still don't understand why he couldn't just use a Yahoo or Hotmail addy. Is this a new rule or something?
  25. macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    I get over 30 spam messages a day, so I really wouldn't notice if I got one or two more.

    And I tried to protect my email address... oh well. That's why we have spam filters.

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