The university allows URLs as a “person name”, so the spammer bots filled forms everywhere filling with my email and the spam URL as my name. So i’m getting bombarded by “legit” emails with a spam url as in “hi SPAM_URL”

  • Lemminary
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    I think this is a tactic scammers use to make you miss some other important email like online purchases. I’d comb through those emails carefully if I were you.

  • @chiliedogg@lemmy.world
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    If you’re getting flooded with emails from legitimate sites asking for email address confirmation or password resets, you may be getting hit with a “registration bomb.”

    If you have something compromised, they’ll do this to try and hide the email you should actually be worried about in a flood of email that isn’t stopped by the spam filters because they’re from legitimate sources.

    I recently woke up to thousands of emails about newsletter registrations, password reset requests, free trial notices, etc. Amongst the deluge of unwanted email was a notification about a new user being added to my PayPal account. If I hadn’t read through the emails I would have lost a lot of money.

  • ThenThreeMore
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    Might be worth letting the uni know. Surely they’ll want to fix the site!

  • @Moonrise2473OP
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    Now i’m getting tons of “Dear SPAM_URL, thanks for confirming your attendance at the conference”…

  • citrusface
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    Hold on, English is dumb as fuck, is “an university” correct?

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      I would guess this person pronounces it like “ooniversity” in which case it’s correct, it depends on if there’s a vowel or consonant sound, not what letter it is. But I never heard it pronounced that way, for me it’s always been “youniversity” and in that case it’s incorrect.

      • @dnick@sh.itjust.works
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        Because an precedes a word that starts with a vowel sound, not just because they start with a vowel letter

    • @squid_slime@lemmy.world
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      No although it should be, an is used in place of proceeding a vowel

      The correct usage is “a university” because the pronunciation of “university” begins with a consonant sound.

    • @SoleInvictus@lemmy.world
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      OP is Italian. The u in the Italian word for university, universitá, is said with a vowel ‘ooh’ sound instead of a consonant ‘you’ sound. I’d wager they remember their English ‘a vs an’ rule phonetically and, with the words being so similar between languages, mixed the pronunciation up. I’m a native English speaker and that’s 100% how I fuck up my Italian.

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        In Latin langs, y sounds like i (e sound), so that’s probably where the confusion comes from.

    • @Fridgeratr@lemmy.world
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      It’s debatable, technically it does start with a vowel so “an” should be used, but since it starts with a Y consonant sound, using “a” sounds a lot better and may also be considered correct/better.

    • @Dagwood222@lemm.ee
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      ‘An’ is used before any vowel. An opposite, an electrician, an icehouse, an apple.

      • @max@feddit.nl
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        Yes, but no. Your rule is correct, but the application of it isn’t. “An” is used for vowel sounds.
        University (you-knee-ver-city), UFO (you-eff-ooh) use “a”, while honorable (on-oohr-a-bul) uses “an”.
        Confusing language for sure.

    • @Moonrise2473OP
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      luckily it’s a random number that the spambot inserted in the form

    • Denvil
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      Possibly not actually his phone, could just be the scam’s phone

    • FuglyDuck
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      I’m totally signing him up for the all my favorite shelters… they send cat and dog photos to your phone.

  • @Trainguyrom@reddthat.com
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    They also listed themselves as a parent, so I guess you’d better say hi to your new daddy @Moonrise2473@feddit.it or should I call you by your legal name GET BITCOIN URGENTLY BITLY/FHQWHGADS

    • @thorbot@lemmy.world
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      I said come, on, fhqwgads, I said come on fhqwgads! Everybody to the limit everybody to the limit everybody come on fhqwgads

  • fraksken
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    42 months ago

    It’s annoying. Putup a filter moving mail to spam if “hi https” is found in body.

    also contact admins. This is some bad input validation :)