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Old 04-14-08, 01:32 PM
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Columbia House address getting spam

I use a separate email address for each online vendor, and I've noticed that the two that I use for Columbia House have both started getting spam recently. Has anyone else noticed the same thing? It makes me wonder how those addresses ended up in the wild, since I don't use them _anywhere_ but CH.
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Old 04-14-08, 03:53 PM
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I get spam. From everything. No matter what. I opened up a personal account through my company. I have used it for nothing so far, and I get 7 emails a day about enlarging and enhancing and elongating and erupting and ejac...you get it. The internet is the internet, and you will ALWAYS get junk mail. Between my wife and I, we average 3 snail mail letters daily to get a Capitol One card. We have each called them over a dozen times to stop it, they promise such, and our mail box if FULL every week with them. It sucks when you go on vacation and have limited space.
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Old 04-14-08, 05:39 PM
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Try the OPT-OUT process. I did and after a week or two I stopped getting those credit card offers.
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Old 04-14-08, 05:44 PM
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Of course I get tons of spam. The reason I use one-off email addresses for each vendor is so I can just bitbucket them after they get too polluted. The reason I'm asking here isn't that someone guessed one of the ones that I use for Columbia House, it's that they _simultaneously_ guessed two of them, that contain no common characters. That's a pretty clear indication that either CH gave their subscriber list to someone, or that they were compromised in some way. I was wondering if anyone else had noticed anything similar going on with their addresses.

In the meantime, I've changed the addresses I use for both CH accounts. If the new ones start getting spam as well, I'll have an answer as to what's happening.
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Old 04-14-08, 06:29 PM
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I started getting hit like crazy a couple of days ago on an email account I had used for the first time with CH.

F*ckers!
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Old 04-14-08, 06:52 PM
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Just wait until you get a catalog from a porno etailer in Minnesota show up in your snail mail. I haven't received one of these catalogs in a while though.
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Uh, spam is unwanted mail.

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Old 04-14-08, 11:18 PM
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I started getting hit like crazy a couple of days ago on an email account I had used for the first time with CH.

F*ckers!

Me too. I used to frequent this forum years and years ago, but I haven't had a CH account in forever and came back to DVDTalk today for one reason. And that was to post the fact that CH has sold a bunch of my freakin' email addresses to some motherfu*king spam house.

I too always use unique email addresses for every one of my CH sign ups. A day or so ago I my incoming spam skyrocketed. And all of them are being addressed to my old CH addresses. At least 5 old CH addresses are being spammed, and I'm not talking about credit card offers, I'm talking full on BS spam for penis enlargement, prescription pills without any prescription needed and pirated software. Subject lines like:

Subject: Increase your sperm and pleasure.
Subject: Software in many languages!
Subject: Achieve stronger and longer orgasms increasing the volume of cum
Subject: Our best decision is suitable for every age
Subject: Lean and mean is in!
Subject: Worldwide delivery instantly to your home

They obviously decided that it was time to clear house and make some money off of old customers. Some of these email addresses were from accounts I signed up six years ago.
Motherfu*kers.

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Old 04-15-08, 01:46 AM
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Originally Posted by new2theplace

Subject: Increase your sperm and pleasure.

Subject: Achieve stronger and longer orgasms increasing the volume of cum
Peter North has obviously acquired your email address!
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I've used the same e-mail address for Columbia House for many years it is my main address and get relatively little Spam, although I did get a couple of those obnoxious messages today. I suppose it is possible that someone at CH decided to make a little money on the side by selling addresses to a spammer. But a corporate decision to do that? Seems unlikely.

I've been using Yahoo mail for almost ten years and their Spam blocker is quite effective. Such messages almost never make it into my inbox (they get shunted to a bulk mail folder). Until a correspondent opened a virus several years ago and it captured her address book to use for aliases, I never got a single Spam message.
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