What initially looked like typical spam now seems extra odd and is bugging me (only figuratively I hope).
Ostensibly, a sales rep from DomainNameSales.com (DNS), which I'd never heard of, sent an unsolicited sales pitch to an almost-never used email address of mine offering a domain name for sale I'd never considered.
Among bottom-feeder types, i.e., the world of hording and selling domain names, this group seems somewhat legit, but I can't figure out how the heck they got my weird email address I'd forgotten. Searching the web for this odd address yielded zero results in DuckDuckGo and Google. I apparently configured the acct years ago to forward to an active address of mine, which labeled the forwarded email and made the spam stand out like a sore thumb in my inbox.
I checked the real contact info for corresponding private whois domains I manage and confirmed I hadn't used the odd address there. Now I wonder if my old odd email acct was hacked (I didn't know its password and failed to answer the security questions but regained control via its parent email acct).
Meanwhile, the same salesperson from domainnamesales has sent 4 or 5 messages to the same odd address asking me to make an offer.
This smells exceptionally bad because (1) I've never received any other email at this address before including spam! and (2) the offered domain is plausibly related to my real name even though the body's salutation has the wrong first and last name.
It's creeping me out like it's a spear phishing campaign.
Anyone else seen this? I searched domain-name forums (yuck) and couldn't find anything about this under "warnings" and "scams."
If it wasn't for the address they sent it to, I would've just trashed and ignored the messages. It's like receiving a forwarded package addressed to an abandoned cabin you bought but only used once or twice 6 years ago.