Why Am I Getting Spam Emails From Dating Sites?
Do you keep getting spam emails from dating sites, even if you’ve never paid any of those a visit? Even worse, do you sometimes get adult content spam from some obscure sites you have never even heard of?
Unfortunately, the only reason why you received a spam email of any kind could be because you have an email address. The dating and adult content spam emails could land in your inbox for a variety of reasons, all of which we will unpack in the article below.
The good news is that you can learn how to stop spam emails effortlessly and quickly.
Why Do You Receive Unsolicited Spam Email From Dating Sites?
Things get more complicated if you never crossed paths with the spam email sender before. Dating or adult content spam emails can find their way to your inbox in seemingly mysterious ways. You never even heard of that mail-order bride website from a post-Soviet country, so why are you suddenly being invited to pick your soulmate from an online catalog?
The only reasonable conclusion is that the spamming website got your information in a way that was either illegal or your details were shared legally, but you weren’t aware of it.
Refer to this succinct breakdown of the most common reasons you received that email, and whether it was illegal:
Is the spam email you received legal?
You signed up for a dating service
|Yes, if you agreed to it when you opened your account|
|You signed up for a service, but they are allowed to share your data with an affiliate partner|
Yes, if you agreed to it when you opened your account
Your email address was sold as part of a mailing list
|Yes, data mining is legal if the information was publicly available (unless it was obtained through phishing)|
|There’s been a data leak or phishing attack|
Tracking the Source of Dating Site Spam Email—When You Never Visited That Website
Here are the three most probable reasons you got a spam email from a random dating site you never visited or signed up for:
- Spammers bought a mailing list that contained your email address
- Another company shared your data to an affiliate company
- There’s been a user data leak
Spammers Bought a Mailing List That Contained Your Email Address
Online data aggregators (also known as data miners) collect users’ information on the internet, package it up, then sell it to interested parties. The buyers are mostly businesses, but scammers get their hands on these lists, too.
Another possibility is that you’ve entered your data on a phishing or scam website that was created solely to trick people into giving out their personal information.
As a measure of caution, you shouldn’t share your email information in a way that’s publicly available on the internet. Even more importantly, verify the legitimacy of any website that asks you to disclose your details.
Another Company Shared Your Data to an Affiliate Company
There’s Been a User Data Leak
A data breach or spill is a type of security violation in which confidential or protected data falls in the hands of an unauthorized individual. Hacker attacks often target major companies that store massive amounts of user data, including email addresses.
If a business suffers a data breach, the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC) mandates that it is legally required to inform all affected individuals.
Keep a Lid on Spam Email With DoNotPay
Keeping your inbox free of spam can sometimes take as much time as replying to your actual, non-spam emails. On the plus side, DoNotPay has devised a clever way to stop receiving emails of little or no value to you.
Our method takes the work out for you. All you need to do is:
- Open DoNotPay in any web browser or your iOS device
- Select Spam Collector
- Enter your email address and link it to DoNotPay
- Wait until you receive your next spam email, then forward it to us at email@example.com
Two things will happen:
- We’ll unsubscribe you from that mailing list automatically
- We’ll check if there’s a class-action lawsuit against the sender
If the spammer spammed you in a way that was against the law (they didn’t have your consent to send you that email or they didn’t provide an unsubscribe option), we’ll see if there’s a class-action lawsuit against them.
If there is, we’ll notify you and ask you if you would like to be included in it. Once you’ve been added to the lawsuit, a flag icon will show up in the Spam Collector tab on your DoNotPay dashboard.
Should the court rule against the individual or company behind the email, you might get up to $500 in compensation for your troubles, making this the perfect little spam email revenge.
DoNotPay Also Helps You Clean Out Your Physical Mailbox
Even if spam email doesn’t bother you too much, an actual mailbox overflowing with junk mail is difficult to tolerate on the best of days. Most people feel clueless about stopping the neverending stream of physical junk email—for one, there is no unsubscribe button available.
Luckily, you no longer have to wonder how to get rid of your unsolicited mail—simply let us do it for you! All you need to do is take a photo of your received post, then send it to us.
This is how it works:
- Go to the DoNotMail option on the DoNotPay homepage
- Hit the Enroll Now button
- Upload your photos
We’ll get in touch with the junk email senders in your stead and request that they remove you from their mailing list.
If the sender is a scammer or they breached the law in some other way, there may be a class-action lawsuit against them. If that’s the case, we’ll notify you, and you’ll have the option to be added to the plaintiffs’ list. How does $500 of compensation money sound?
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