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8 Ways Spamming Can Lead to Identity Theft

Updated on October 22, 2016
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1. Spam Is a Virus

Spam Contains Computer Viruses

Spam carries potentially dangerous elements that can include both malware and spyware that's poised to infect your computer. It is deceptively lethal because you may have no idea when an attack is about to occur.

The types of spam used whether it be in an e-mail, website, or video is meant to entice you in order to access your information. They try to hook you in like a fish hoping to ring out as much info as possible, which may result in horrendous consequences.

That same kind of danger also exists in the real world when it comes to people trying to harm us. Those people are also like a virus because they infect our world in order to crush us beneath their lethal grasp.

2. Spam Is Deceiving

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Deceives Us With Treats

Sometimes you'll receive spam promising a ton of money that you can earn working from home just as soon as you enter your info. They'll also be ads lighting up saying you've won a huge prize, but only if you claim it within the next few minutes.

Those pieces of spam can already have your name, address, and other personal information placed into their system. They'll just need a few more details like your bank account or credit card number, and they've got you.

Think of this as being comparable to that seemingly nice stranger that's giving out treats to children. They may look innocent enough, appear to like kids, and act friendly towards them, so what could go wrong?

Unfortunately you might find yourself waking up the next day to hear there's been a horrible news story involving child abuse and other heinous acts, including murder to those poor children.

In that scenario both the parents and the children have been deceived in the most horrific way possible just like spam has the ability to deceive you.

3. Strikes Unexpectedly

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Strikes Without Notice

Imagine you check your e-mail one day and there are hundreds if not thousands of unsolicited links or junk mail ranging from sexual products to lawsuit imitations. Guess what you've just been hit from the spammer's sniper rifle.

Now there are ways to fix it by adjusting the settings and through spam filtering, but it won't eliminate the problem.

Like a shocking murder, you never know when you'll get caught. Spammers are real world murderers because they receive an immense thrill from their conquests. We've already learned that murderers love to capture their prey to either torture them, hurt them, or kill them.

The murders could be quick as in a shooting or psychologically damming in cases where hostages are forced to suffer before ultimately getting picked off. The power of the unexpected fuels both the killer and the spammer.

4. Targets Popular Websites

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Easy Target

If there's something free or popular out there, then spammers will find their way towards it.

They'll target popular websites or go after well-known celebrities.

They are responsible for leaked content including photos not meant to be seen by the viewing public. Some of those leaks may be responsible for destroying the star's reputation and even career.

The writing platform of HubPages has and is still seeing its share of spam attacks. Sometimes it's by accident from writers but other times it's intentional. The goal here for the spammer is to gain as much as possible with little effort.

We try to fight back by sending inquiries, however; progress has been very slow. Will we ever gain enough power to vanquish all of the spammers that torture us? There is only so much that can be done for our beloved website, but I believe hope does exist.

5. Death by Association

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Spammers Are Like Hackers

If you associate yourself with spam or a spammer, then expect massive ramifications for your actions.

Would you go along with a murderer's plan?

I highly doubt it unless you had no choice, but you do have a choice when it comes to spam.

Spammers may not present a physical threat, but they can overpower you mentally. If you're a spammer, then you're also killing your credibility because no one will want to be associated with you.

When everything you put out there is a form of spam, then others will try their hardest to avoid and get rid of you.

Society doesn't want a killer on the loose. People's mental state goes haywire when they know a murderer is out there. They'll do whatever it takes to stop them, and online users and websites will do their best to protect their product.

6. Common Spamming Techniques

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Ways Spammers Trick People

These are some of the most common methods spammers use to capture your identify.

If you see any of these listed messages, it indicates that spammy content is present and it's best to avoid it at all costs.

  • Get rich fast with convenience (High paid writing/surveys and work from home jobs)
  • Have you ever taken this drug; it's time to sue for compensation
  • You have pending winnings displaying ridiculously high amounts of cash.
  • Buy this product to enhance & strengthen your health, software, or sexual potency
  • Easy, cheap diets (little exercise) with results in 7 days or less
  • Quick hair loss solution with instant results
  • You're a winner; claim your prize now by clicking here
  • Free rewards or reward cards added to your account
  • Anything free including high loan offers with unrealistic benefits

Did you every see any of these? They are a sure fire way to get you to click and share details of your life.

Also be weary of video spam often included in YouTube videos that ask you to click a link to a TV show or movie in the description.

7. The Damage of Spam

Damaging Results

When a killer wins, they've succeeded in killing an innocent person. When a spammer wins, they've gotten every personal detail out of you to use against you.

They could take over your bank account, identity, your job, and even your freedom.

Spammers want to benefit the most by exploiting users, and the results have resulted in pure horror.

The goal here is to see the attacker when they're coming in order to protect yourself from the threat and help report or eliminate it before it's too late. Be on the lookout for a spammer's trademark signs, and by mindful of how clever they've recently become.

As we get smarter so do they, and they continue to develop new ideas and methods used to trick us. You can't always avoid spam, but you should still follow the proper guide to prevent the attack before you've become their prey.

Again what methods would you use to stop a real life attacker or murderer? No one has to be a victim; and you won't have to be by fighting back.

8. Spammers Don't Go Away Easily

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Spammers Are Like Roaches

Spammers will always exists no matter what you use to get rid of them.

Like roaches, they'll always be more waiting to come out of the woodwork and will never die out.

They are also like murderers because it doesn't matter how many of them you lock up or place on death row because they'll always be a fresh batch waiting to strike. So in the end the best you can do is learn to deal with the spammy content, and do your best not to get tricked.

If you know what to look for, then there's no need to get upset or obsess about the evil that is spam. Comparing spam to murder may seem asinine, but there are some comparisons that do make sense.

The greatest similarity may be that we absolutely hate and dread both of them. Spam is an online killer, but at least we can guard ourselves.

Remember that wisdom and knowledge is power. With so much information out there at our fingertips, there's nothing that can stop us and it certainly won't be spam.

No More Spam!

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I just try to be careful and not look into something I've never heard of. I also get a bunch of spam emails which have become a nightmare lately.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      yeah, I hate spamming sites but really don't know which is safe

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Chris... This is very helpful, as well as frightening. You succeeded in scaring me. It almost sounds like even knowing what to watch out for, we're doomed at some point to be spammed.

      This reader is easily spooked, Chris. I'm quite interested in what you mean by "adjusting settings/filters"....I mean I KNOW what they are but HOW must they be adjusted? Referring to another of your hubs I just read, I suppose I can google this info, can't I? LOL.....Good writing Chris. Thanks.....UP++++

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Correct they'll do anything to maximize traffic. Thank you.

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      Lee John 2 years ago from Preston

      Great hub! Also the spammers use search engines to gain traffic

      Thanks

      Lee