Why am I getting spam emails?
Let’s take a look at some common methods that spammers use to obtain email addresses — and how to protect yourself from junk mail.
Many web services and mobile apps require an email address for signing up. When you create an account, your email goes into a list. Companies know how to send mass emails — and they use this list for notifications and marketing materials. But the problem is that even large corporations suffer from security breaches. For example, in June 2021 personal data for 700 million LinkedIn users was put on sale on the dark web. This database included email addresses, full names, geolocation records, social media accounts, and other personal information.
The problem is that you can’t 100% prevent large data breaches like this one. But, if you suddenly started receiving dozens of spam emails, chances are, your address has been exposed. Websites like Have I Been Pwned? check if your personal data was compromised. These services work like search engines — just enter your email address and they will look through exposed data. If your address was found in a breach, you’ll get a message like this one.