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Why do Spammers need your personal Information?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by soma56, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. soma56

    soma56 Regular Member

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    Does anyone have an example of a specific offer (screenshot, link or otherwise) - or an explanation why a spammer would want the following information:

    1. Full name :

    2. Residential address:

    3. Telephone numbers:
    4. Sex :

    5. Age :
    6. Occupation :

    I know it's obvious that releasing this information could be detrimental to ones health. I've seen an increase in spam requiring (scamming) people into releasing this information. Through any traditional offer by affiliates I can't see how this information could benefit in spite of the fact that their may be offers that need this (and only this) information. The reason being is that the conversion rate would be zero and there would have to be a means to go through multiple proxies to submit the information through the affiliate links.
     
  2. Duffers5000

    Duffers5000 Elite Member

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    That's all saleable information to marketing companies. Don't see how the conversion rate would be zero...give me that info and an email address and I'm sure I could find an offer.
     
  3. Amsterdammer

    Amsterdammer Power Member

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    That data can be sold? I am missing a ssn though.

    Your personal data, without passwords, is worth at least 15 dollars according to some articles I read about it. I think that is a bit much though, but confirmed accounts go way higher in price. According to some articles I read about it of course. :)
     
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    zen19 Elite Member

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    Odds are if they have given that info they have also opted in, ie its not spam any longer.

    This info (and more besides what you listed) allows martix type lists to be built - which allow for hyper focused targeting. More focused lists require much lower resources, generate higher EPCs, and are legally compliant.
     
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  5. soma56

    soma56 Regular Member

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    I meant from the perspective of simply submitting the information to any miscellaneous offer.

    In the case where they're actually selling the information - do you know of a specific place where they could? Can someone check to see if their personal information is there?

    It seems like such a pain in the ass to get such information by making up scams and sending emails. Data mining through the Yellow pages (or another directory online or otherwise) would provide for such information, more of it in less time - and less hassle...

    In the cases I've seen it is a deliberate attempt from a spam email to get this information from an unknown source. Spam email meaning - a fishy email (I.E. Nigeria Scam).

    Now that makes sense. It's almost like sending spam as a means of finely tuning/targeting your future spamming efforts where users are reluctant enough to respond. In those instances spammers may get a list that is hyper focused, however, the reality is that less then .5% will actually respond leaving well over the majority of otherwise valid emails to simply fall through the cracks. Although, I suspect an intelligent spammer would find another way to use the non-responsive emails...
     
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    weruncompanies Power Member

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    That data is worth $20 EACH at my car dealership, final price (obv but prob a $10/lead easily).. All we need is: Name, Address, Phone #, E-mail, (Sex, Age and Occupation are Credit Qualifiers, can run reports without leaving pulls).. The Addy is for the database matching and scrubbing to ensure leads aren't duplicates.