(question mark) can register certain information about YOU and use that for their benefit. This is exactloy what I did in a similar situation. If the password was for example A1B7C8D6 change it to [email protected]#6l1i Q notice the i, l and 1 look very close and are not likely copied rightly by spyworks.
If you're unsure about the validity of a link, when you copy and paste in your browser, make sure to delete anything after the part, such as question marks, codes, etc. It was a simple change for example instead of First. Having upper, lower case with numbers and sopecial characters makes it very difficlult to guess.
Instead, the next time that you get email from that service, do one or more of the following: Leo A.
Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976.
Perhaps they simply collected the email address from less legitimate sources. Then, they put that email address into a database and assigned it a number. No matter how you go to that URL, the mere fact that you've gone to it tells them that the email address associated with 182934 got to a real live person.
In fact, they might even assume that the act of going to that URL is confirmation that you want to join their service. In particular, don't copy/paste that URL into a browser and go to it. The fact that the URL was accessed - even once and regardless of how - caused the problem.
I still protect this one gem as if my life was hanging in the balance.
This has to stand as a testament to a prudent and cautious use of an email account.
Of course, over the years I've acquired throw-away and social accounts of less concern.
Not a bad idea to read a link that Leo has provided on this page, titled "How Do I Know This Web Address Is Safe?