AVOIDANCE OF SCAM EMAILS -give up the fight-moving on -alf28
IF any email address is getting spam bombed it means the email address is on a list that has been obtained by spammers or hackers.
In such circumstances it may be wise to use an alternative email as mentioned in the previous post.
Some scam emails can cause distress, certainly I have suffered that and the spam can pose a real danger, so avoidance is probably best in that case.
I have had many scams and tried to deal with them, but it is probably impossible to stop all the spam/scam.
The email spam tagging warns if an email is a threat, but some do get through.
I have spent a few years battling spam/scam but it is relentless, and the very best advice is to change emails.
A new private email address, just given out to trusted contacts can soon be arranged and gives peace of mind. (gmail or outlook)
The spammers and hackers are professionals and cybercrime is very common now, just watch the tv programme watchdog.
Also the same hackers will ring your landline and ask you to switch on your computer saying you are hacked.
I get this all the time so the best defence is "not to trust" any email, phone call etc unless you know who it actually is.
The attackers are probably computer experts who work in teams and best not to reply or contact them ever, or anger them as they make you a target.
The increasing number of posts on spam email indicates that email addresses are being hacked/scraped and posted online, I have had experience of this myself.
Some of my scam emails repeat for many years and impossible to know who the sender(s) are as they are always spoofed or using emails that do not disclose the IP source address or use a changing IP address. One can begin to be alarmed as I did, thinking someone has your data, passwords etc.
I have even had my old password sent to me in blackmail emails 2018-2020 about 13 attempts and use of old email contacts to send spoofed email, almost as if the hacker knows me and my contacts.
So my advice is to use a nice new clean private new email, and just ignore (avoidance) the one that is getting spam as it may be getting attention by hackers who are clever. I intend not to even read or click any spam\scam in the future and just put it all to spam.
My other emails do get some spam, mainly unsolicited newsletters which I mark as spam as unknown newsletters seem to avoid spam filters,
I get a good few unknown newsletters also on virgin email (from a distribution list)
One of the big ones , marketing company river city spam ceased operating in 2017 following a massive data base leak of customer data 1.4 billion accounts, with denials it used hacking techniques to deliver the spam.
Spam and scam and phishing emails- often keep repeating usually with the same sender name but changing the sender email address (spoofed) and also on inspection almost all change the sender IP address (server) and country of origin. Not sure if they can spoof the sender IP address but the last received ip address is the true source.
Spammers use spambots, domains with server open relays, or email software with an smpt relay enable forging of emails also. (catchall email servers)
This make them almost impossible to trace.
I have noticed the same server host can sometimes be identified on some different emails, so in some cases the spammers is using a hosted website to send the spam or may have their own server. One unusual thing is the sender sometimes uses your own name in the sender address, I get that from gmail and outlook email senders using my own name in the from sender and lasting 3 years, still sending but the IP address and country change each time.
Spambots like Canada pharmacy use spambots/botnets etc and operate in many countries such as Russia, China etc, the source continually switching, a good indicator of spambot activity.
Not sure if there has been an intervention by virgin media, spamcop, action fraud etc. or the spammers are on holiday.
Perhaps virgin are blocking the spoofed emails now?
No comments from virgin on spam stopping, so perhaps the spammers are just changing their servers over and taking a break?
SPAM SENDERS- identity
I noticed the spam sender addresses are often changed but usually within the sender address somewhere will be an identifier, this could be the same two or three letters, or the same two or three numbers which are used to identify the sender and will repeat in different emails from the same sender, a bit like a signature so the sender tags the email with initials or a memorable number, but mixed in with other digits so not easily noticed, probably identifies the sender/group member. Sometimes the whole sender name repeats but with a different spoofed domain, or the name may change and the domain remain fixed.
Scam email today, after 9 day break obviously spoofed lottery scam via turkey and rome IP addresses, well known scam with youtube link.
Seems the spam/scam is never from the UK, but almost always from countries outside of the UK which means Virgin email is vulnerable to these type of scams using worldwide servers to deliver the scam emails, however the good news is that virgin has tagged this as spam indicating that they know it is dodgy.
Advice members to ensure they have switched on spam filtering in spam settings- I tick the 3rd option myself.
Reject All SPAM messages
Move message to Spam folder
Flag a message as SPAM but deliver to Inbox
Turn off all SPAM filtering
I noticed the spam sender addresses are often changed but usually within the sender address somewhere will be an identifier, this could be the same two or three letters exactly (had 2 emails before from this sender with same initials in the sender address in 2019)