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Comment with guy's email address in it

  1. NateB11 profile image92
    NateB11posted 12 months ago

    Someone commented on one of my Hubs and he included his email address after the semi-relevant but very short comment. Looks like a trick to me, like probably a phishing scam. Though it's occurred to me that it's not uncommon for commenters on sites to have their email address as a link in their name.

    1. Coffeequeeen profile image84
      Coffeequeeenposted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Yes, you got to be careful.  I'm always very careful what I click on or what I open.

  2. Marisa Wright profile image99
    Marisa Wrightposted 12 months ago

    I don't know how it could be a scam, but I don't publish those for another reason.   If you publish your email address online, it's likely to get collected by email scrapers and sold to spammers and scammers.   On my blog, I have an obfuscating plugin so that my email address (and any reader who happens to put their address in their post) is protected from that kind of thing.  I don't know if HubPages does.  So if I get a comment with an email address in it, I usually don't publish it for that reason.

    1. NateB11 profile image92
      NateB11posted 12 months agoin reply to this

      Well, that's one way scams work, they get you to email them and then they have your email address and can send you junk; probably the primary way scams are run, since wayyyyyy back. You know, a mailing list.

      At any rate, yes, I see your point about not letting scammers have access to people's email addresses; in fact, it's the point I was making almost in reverse.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image99
        Marisa Wrightposted 12 months agoin reply to this

        Ah, I was thinking along the lines of, how can just displaying an email address be a scam?  If he was actually asking you to reply to that email, yes i can see that could be a scam.

 
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