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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.
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.
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.
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