Spamming is defined as ‘sending out unsolicited email messages, particularly advertising’. However it can also involve emails that carry dangerous links and content. What can you do to prevent or minimize your receipt of Spam mail? One of the most common methods Spammers get your email address is by Web crawling, where they trawl the internet looking for any place where you have used your email address. You probably think you haven’t left your address anywhere public, but believe me you have. They just have to search the web for the @ symbol to find traces of addresses. Try searching for your own address in Google, you may be surprised what you find, especially if you are a business person or are part of any group. Another method is to use a Dictionary attack Using automated software, spammers create thousands of addresses based on common combinations of words and number.
You may have received an email from ‘Amazon’ informing you of a reward for your custom. Basically this is a scam and not from Amazon at all. I am fairly vigilant when it comes to emails like this however in my case I had recently ordered a few things from Amazon but my Amazon account is UK based and the rewards email was for a reward in dollars. So that made me suspicious even more. One way you can confirm this is a scam is to hold the mouse over the highlighted Amazon links and you will see the real link address you would be taken to if you clicked them, clearly not Amazon at all. Amazon themselves are aware and have warned of this scam, details here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=15362281