Spammers often release information-gathering programs called “bots” to collect the names and e-mail addresses of people who post to specific newsgroups. Bots can get this information from both recent and old posts.
What can a scammer do with your name?
With your personal information, scammers can:access and drain your bank account.open new bank accounts in your name and take out loans or lines of credit.take out phone plans and other contracts.purchase expensive goods in your name.steal your superannuation.gain access to your government online services.More items
What if a scammer has my name and address?
With a name and address, a thief can change your address via U.S. Postal Service and redirect mail to their address of choice, Velasquez says. With access to your financial mail, the thief may intercept bank statements and credit card offers or bills, then order new checks and credit cards.