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A few days ago I started getting thousands of emails. Someone used my email address to sign up to newsletters and subscriptions. How does something like this happen? I would get around 20 per minute for hours, from all over the world in all different languages. I have spent the last few days marking them as spam (doesn't work in most cases) and unsubscribing. This is incredibly annoying.Is there any way to stop this from happening again? I changed my password but I had never heard of an attack like this before
This is exactly what happened! There was a Wayfair order for an $800 faucet. I did catch it, because I get Wayfair texts, and they used my phone number and name. I was first alerted when I got a text asking to confirm I no longer wanted text updates from wayfair. I selected "resume" so I could continue to get the updates. When I got home I saw the thousands of emails and sure enough one from Wayfair confirming my order. I immediately called wayfair and told them the order was fraudulent, and had them remove my credit card number from saved numbers. I logged into my credit card account and the wayfair one was the only charge. I've kept a very close eye on my CC statements and no other charges have appeared. I called police and gave them the address the hacker used to deliver the faucet. They took a report but I doubt they followed up. I had to call wayfair back 5 times to get my refund and stop the order. They eve n shipped it after I told them it was fraudulent, and did not stop the shipment. I got another text saying "your order is out for delivery" after multiple calls I believe I stopped the crook from getting the $800 faucet but it was way too much work on my part. Wayfair should have done a better job of stopping it.
So anyway, I don't know if they hacked into my wayfair account or hacked into my email. Either way I've changed all passwords and continue to check daily my statements. Now I just need to deal with the constant barrage of emails from all the places I "subscribed" to. The biggest problem is I continue to mark them as spam yet I still get them, like the system is not detecting they are spam.
It also be a smokescreen for identity theft.
Anytime a flood of "Thank you for signing up" messages come in, it is time to call everywhere you have money and get cards reissued, passwords reset, re-review all creditcard purchases.
Marking them as spam won't help because they are valid messages. If you do not issue a response to them, they may be removed due to lack of action, but again, may not.