My wow account is connected to an email that I only use for wow. I have never received any email on it from anyone other than Blizzard. Ever.
If you use Gmail, one trick you can use is use email@example.com
For example lets say your e-mail address is [email protected]
Now, we add the website here StayTunedfirstname.lastname@example.org tells you this e-mail address is used for MMO Champion.
Another example would be StayTunedemail@example.com which tells you the e-mail address is used for Battle.net.
Using this scheme you can easily find out to which address the e-mail is heading to and who's been selling your e-mail address. You can even blacklist certain e-mail address this way. You used to have to use aliases and such for this, but Gmail is very user friendly in this regard even for the average user.
"When i am done with you, you won't trust your own mind."
I have an old AOL email account that I hardly ever use. Every time I log onto it I have loads and loads of spam and phishing from "Blizzard". However, on my GMAIL account that I use for my battle.net I do not receive any spams at all. I also use my gmail for everything I do online now.
It just seems that some emails get the short end of the straw.
It doesn't mean they are selling email addresses. If you are using a common mail provider, it isn't that hard for a bot to randomly generate a bunch of email addresses send them off and see which ones come back as not existing. A lot of people play WoW/battle .net games. Just because you received a WoW based phishing mail doesn't mean they know you play WoW, it isn't as if sending that email to everyone is costing them money.
I have yet to receive a single Blizzard (or TOR, or Runescape, or GW2, or any other game that I don't even play)-related email on my battle.net account.
On the other hand, the throwaway account that I use for MMO-Champ and other incubators of festering Internet vileness has been completely inundated with such spam for years.
When have I ever said that Blizzard is selling my email? Why are people constantly bringing this up, even though I said myself that it's highly unlikely that they would do such a thing. The profit would not be higher than the loss they would suffer through the leaving customers if it would ever surface.Originally Posted by Tziva
And again, because it seems that nobody is really reading my OP. My GMAIL accounts are all 100% clean. I have never even received one spam mail.
But on more than half of my test accounts that I have connected to my battle.net account, spam was visible within one day. There is no explanation for it.
I am not stirring anything against Blizzard (I wouldn't even dare with all those fanbois around), even though my thread title was poorly worded. But there is something that's either related to my client, the battle.net website or my computer. Or maybe everything is connected to each other, which means that there is something, maybe a cookie (which is unlikely since I clear my cookies every time I delete my browser history...) that tracks the email I type into the battle.net login.
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Okay, I've looked into it a little bit and now it makes even less sense.
This email was sent from a stolen @yahoo mail. The receiver, however, was supposed to be [email protected]. Why the fuck did I receive this mail?
With this type of thing there are a number of explanations. Yes it is possible a server got compromised and your email account was stored on that server and that is how they got it. Yes it is possible somebody working at some company that has access to your email sold it. It is also very possible it part of a bulk spam package that got sent out from a compromised account. It could be any of those. There is absolutely no way of hiding an email address from these people with 100% reliability, as sending out exploratory bulk spam from compromised accounts will let them know whether or not an account exists whether or not you even read the mail.
If you have never received spam on an email account,
1) You have likely picked a hard to guess name
2) You have not used it on the internet for *anything* other than a logon to a game
3) Due to 1 a random address generating spam tool hasn't bumped up against your address yet
4) You use an insanely good spam blocker.
"When i am done with you, you won't trust your own mind."
Your PC being clean has absolutely nothing to do with getting these spam emails. Spam emails are because your email is on some compromised database, somewhere, and finds itself on a list of emails for spammers. The only way to actually have a completely clean account is to have a secure email account that is used for WoW, and WoW only, and will never appear anywhere else on the Internet.
I want to point out that email address are not as 'private' as you may think.
Forums, chat boards, social media sites all have different settings for how email addresses are stored or handled.
Also many email addresses are a matter of public record, let's use university email addresses as an example, they are often searchable by any one registered at that university, or through any online groups etc you may register for.
I get these emails all the time on my alt email account that I use, not even the main one I use with my WoW account.. I just delete them when I get them.
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I get this all the time aswell, wouldnt know if i been banned until i tried to log on WoW cause of all the spammails -_-
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So by linking your battle.net account to one of the emails the provider sees that you get emails from Blizzard and sells your address to another company. Even when you have a safe address like one from the university the provider from someone you wrote an email has this address and when that person plays MMOs his provider will probably also sell your address to another company.
You can't be safe from spam mails because there are so many providers out there that will sell every piece of information they legally can. There are some providers like gmail that are very good in filtering and blacklisting spam mails.
Also using cookies can be a factor for getting spam mails as some websites (like google or any other that uses personalized advertising) are allowed to check cookies and it can be that in these cookies your email address is stored and with information from other cookies companies can create a profile for your email address and are allowed to sell these informations.
I don't think that Blizzard sells your personal information because they state in their EULA that they won't sell your information to anyone and if they did, they'd get a lot of trouble.