I posted this in the DSL forum but I do have FIOS so I believe it belongs here. I switched to FIOS from Comcast. I use Outlook Express as my email client. Comcast had an address that I could foward any spam that I received and they would use it to eventually upgrade their filters. Does Verizon have anything similar?
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Dear verizon.com customer,
Thank you for taking the time to update security components of your Verizon online account. Because security is a top priority at Verizon, we'll need you to validate your email address at this time. To do this for your Online Account with User ID xxx, you will need the following three-digit code:
Please visit this link to input the above three-digit code and your User ID and Password.
This is the email I got to verify my address on this site. This is exactly the form of email spammers use. Why would Verizon put a link in the email rather than have the user enter the code on the site? This just seems to contradict what people are told to avoid spam.
I know I should have expected the email, but how would I really know the email came from Verizon?
Well, when you register with any forums, you are required to confirm your email adress to activate your account. If you don't confirm the email, you can't post.
If you're worried about emails like this, and you get one, knowing you didn't register for any forums, then obviously it's spam, but, like you said, if you're expecting the email, then obviously accept it and follow the instructions.
All forum sites use this method of verifying email. Some don't use any method at all.
The link in the email automatically enters the code for you, rather than telling you to go to the site, login in, go to activate account, and type the code. It just makes it easier for the computer illiterate people. Simply click a link at your done. If you are suspicious of an email, and you think it's spam, don't do anything with it, just delete it. But if you know it's a legit email, and you are "expecting" it, then go with the flow.
Just a little fun fact too, spemmers usually don't use this type of email to spam you.
If everyone really wants to avoid spam, stay away from get rich quick sites, sites that offer free gaming systems and junk, non secure sites, sites that ask you to register first by asking for your email only, porn sites, etc. Porn sites are the worst for spammers, and of course porn is one of the most looked up items on the net. It's pretty sad really. Avoid these sites all together, and your spam should drop to nothing.
Spam is the eassiest thing to avoid, the problem is the users these days are always browsing to junk sites that horde spammers. They enter their email thinking they're going to get a service or product for free, by entering their email, and selecting a few free trial offers. Now, bam, your email is broadcast all over the net and spammers are after you.
Spam usually comes into your email inbox in the form of an advertisement. Just avoid suspicious sites, and you'll be fine.
Also, by federal law, even if the email is spam, the companies are required to offer you the option to be removed from the mailing list, so, before you delete the email, look around, usually at the bottom of the email. There should be a link to remove your email from their list. If you do this, it will help lower the ammount of spam you get as well.