How I Catch Spam and Scam
February 6, 2016 7:28am CST
As most Jamaicans, I have a nickname. There are people who have known me for years, and only by that name. It was not odd for me to use that name to open an email account some years ago. I opened the account to deal with 'notifications' from the various sites I joined. I don't need to tell you that you can log on a Monday morning and find hundreds of notifications from all over the 'Net stuffing your In-box, hence I have that 'extra' in-box which should never have anything of any importance. So when I log on to that account and find out how I've 'won' or 'your gift card is ready' or there is a 'message from...' I know it is spam. Hence when I get the same message in my real account, I can delete it without a blink. I imagine getting some of these 'alerts' in my real mailbox. Would I think they were legit? Considering that the senders don't know if I am male or female, or where I live, or who I am, it's kind of funny. I suppose this is what gives me that step up, for if this is in a mail box of my Nick, it can't be important.
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6 Feb 16
I have also opened several trash emails that I use to sign up and to receive notifications, and I never check them. My main email address is almost clean of any spam. I have a second email address for serious sites like myLot. During several months I received several trojans in this box which usually does not receive a lot of spam messages and malware. It ended like it started.