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Has anyone else received unsolicited email (spam) from a https://startups.stackexchange.com/ user (I can provide the user name if necessary)?

Notes:

  • The From and Return path names exactly match a https://startups.stackexchange.com/ username (I realise that these can be forged but this seems unlikely).
  • His LinkedIn profile picture is the same as the users gravatar, so I'm pretty sure it the same person as the user.
  • My profile does not include my email address or any other links that would expose my email address).
  • I haven't actually contributed anything to startup (I joined purely so I can spam flag)

I'm also curious to know how they got hold of my email address.

Contents of the email:

Hi David,

I enjoyed your contributions on the Stack Exchange vertical about startups and felt inspired to reach out on behalf of CoFoundersLab - one of the largest networks of entrepreneurs online, which I currently lead.

At the moment, we are ramping up our CoFoundersLab Discuss section, which is very similar to Stack Exchange. The main difference that adds a ton of value for our entrepreneurs is that we've added networking and collaboration components, where entrepreneurs can find cofounders, team members, and advisors. So far, CFL Discuss has 5,000+ discussions, 48,000 answers, and a 90% response rate.

We would be honored to have you as part of our community. I'd like to give you a free premium membership (worth $180) in exchange for 1 question and 2 answers from you per month. A premium membership offers unlimited messaging, advanced search, the ability to see everyone who has viewed your profile, recommended candidates, and free matchup events.

Would you be interested in helping entrepreneurs and receiving in exchange a premium membership?

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    let me guess <username>@<biggest email service provider>? a quick google search confirms it's out there, but not on any SE sites – m0sa Feb 14 '17 at 17:35
  • @m0sa Probably :) – DavidPostill Feb 14 '17 at 17:46
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    "vertical" hashtag douchechills – Won't Feb 14 '17 at 18:08
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    @Won't I don't know if it's my age but I really don't get that comment ... :/ – DavidPostill Feb 14 '17 at 22:32
  • Received here as well. – Gyan Feb 15 '17 at 8:34
  • @Mulvya Is your email easy to guess or publicly available? – DavidPostill Feb 15 '17 at 9:25
  • Both, although the former likely accounts for this spam. – Gyan Feb 15 '17 at 10:44
  • It would be good if SE were to make a comment on this. – Yvette Colomb Feb 21 '17 at 12:16
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    @YvetteColomb They did. See the first comment :) – DavidPostill Feb 21 '17 at 12:17
  • didn't realise mosa was SE hmm thanks – Yvette Colomb Feb 21 '17 at 12:23
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Sorry if this personal outreach offended anyone. It was genuinely intended to add value and help out some entrepreneurs that are in need of guidance. I apologize for the inconvenience.

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    We didn't ask for your "Personal Outreach". That makes it spam. And it certainly doesn't help the people you sent it to. Please find an ethical way of promoting your network. You could start by reading How Not to Be a Spammer When Marketing Your Business – DavidPostill Feb 19 '17 at 16:18
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    Although I appreciate you telling us you didn't mean to spam, please consider the reactions you get when doing this the next time. – Patrick Hofman Feb 19 '17 at 16:32
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    And one other thing. Please tell me (as requested) how you obtained my email address. – DavidPostill Feb 19 '17 at 16:35
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    Also very interested in how this spammer got hold of my email address, and why I was targeted given that the reason given in the email was due to participation in the Startups stack, one that I haven't posted on and wasn't even aware existed until today! – GAThrawn Feb 19 '17 at 17:17
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    I insist you tell us how you obtained our email addresses. I do not make it publicly available through this site. – Heptite Feb 21 '17 at 20:52

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