For the last several years, tech companies have seen your personal data as a gold mine, and will not hesitate to share or sell that data to third parties for profit. An important thing to realize is that if an online service is free to use, YOU are the PRODUCT.
The result of these companies sharing your personal data is a cluttered inbox of spam, scams, and the never ending onslaught of robot calls. It is difficult to determine exactly who shared or sold your information, however there’s a simple remedy you can start using today to find out who is selling your data.
There is a simple and neat technique that you can use when you’re signing up for a new service to tell who is sharing your phone number, email, and personal data with scammers and spammers
—> All you have to do is add a “+companyname” after your email address, and before the @.
—> Example email@example.com
This email will be the same as your personal email, with the added benefit that when you receive spam emails, you will see that exact email address in the TO: field of the spam. This will let you know that amazon was the culprit and the reason for all of the spam you are receiving.
Using this technique will help you pinpoint the source of all spam you are receiving:
If you receive spam email, and you see the TO: field says firstname.lastname@example.org, that means that it was wish that shared your email, phone number, and personal data with scammers.
It is time to take control of your personal information and who is sharing it and selling it to spammers and scammers for their own profit.