can a website retrieve my email address?

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This certainly doesn't relate to a virus, what maybe it's a, what's
the word, deviant website...


An hour after I looked up   plaisance     at www.dictionary.com

I got a junk email adressed to my main email address that started off:


PLAINSANCE - BUH-REIN ESTATE
LOVE EVERY DAY

SOUTH AFRICA'S BEST ESTATE 2010
SAPI PLANNING AWARDS

2 BEDS,1 BATH,PARKING BAY APARTMENTS

ONLY R424 900
INCLUSIVE OF VAT, BOND AND TRANSFER COSTS

R5000 DEPOSIT SECURES....
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I see it says "PLAINSANCE" in the text, but it's spelled Plaisance in
the from- field, as I spelled it.

Not a word you see often.

Is this just a coincidence, or is it possible a webpage could retrieve
my primary email address from inside Eudora?  It might also be in
Outlook Express.

Thanks.


Re: can a website retrieve my email address?

mm wrote:

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Plai`sance"\, n. [F.] See Pleasance.

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What's with the "zzz..." in that South African email address? The extra
dots do not compute.

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What browser were you using?

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   -bts
   -Four wheels carry the body; two wheels move the soul

Re: can a website retrieve my email address?

On Wed, 10 Nov 2010 19:52:58 -0500, "Beauregard T. Shagnasty"

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Yes, indeed.

I didn't want to promote his address, since he's a spammer.
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Firefox 3, latest version.

Re: can a website retrieve my email address?

mm wrote:

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Okay, but when asking technical questions, it's best to be more exact.
Perhaps you could have typed:  buhreindev@propertyMUNGED.co.za

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As am I. No spam received here. I see you are probably using some
version of Windows. Have you run malware scans recently -- or since --
you received this alleged spam?  Tools used and the results?

Did you google for the term:  "Buh-rein Estate"
http://buhreinestate.com/plaisance.htm

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   -bts
   -Four wheels carry the body; two wheels move the soul

Re: can a website retrieve my email address?

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Did you submit anything related to your email address when visiting
www.dictionary.com? If not, then it's pure deja vu. As far as I knew,
dictionary.com is NOT a spam site.

Re: can a website retrieve my email address?

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As it involves a possible egress of your information, I believe the
correct category for this would be 'spyware' though a general security
related group should be a good choice too.

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Is your OS and application patch level up-to-date?

A website is not supposed to be able to do this, but malicious content
from (or through) an otherwise trustworthy site *might* be able to
leverage software flaws (or configuration) in your OS and/or application
software and accomplish this.



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