Phishing emails sent to my contacts, from another contact

Some people on my email contact list have been receiving phishing emails that appear to come from someone else on my contact list. The people receiving the emails and the person purportedly sending the emails are not themselves contacts.

If people on my contact list were receiving phishing emails from my account I would just conclude that my email was hacked, but what should I make of the fact that the emails are coming from this other email?

Can an Android phone pull contact data from somewhere other than Google Contacts?

Is it possible for an Android phone to source contacts data from somewhere other than Google Contacts? If so, does it only do this by syncing, or can it actually connect to some other contact service or provider to source contact details directly?

Or, is Google Contacts literally the only place it will look for contact data?

How to Write a Contact List Program In C++ That Pulls Out the Corresponding Phone Number for an Entered Contact Name

I have written a program in C++ that takes in string values for contact names and contact phone numbers into vectors. What I need to do is have the program output the corresponding phone number for the contact name entered.

(Note: The ‘3’ is supposed to tell the program how many values are to be stored in each vector. In this case, it is 3 contact names and 3 phone numbers. Also, the last ‘Frank’ indicates that the corresponding phone number printed should be for the contact name ‘Frank’.)

Ex. Input: 3 Joe 123-5432 Linda 983-4123 Frank 867-5309 Frank

Ex. Output: 867-5309

When I run the program instead of getting the desired phone number it outputs nothing.

Here is the program that I have written so far:

#include <iostream>
#include <vector>
using namespace std;

string GetPhoneNumber(vector<string> nameVec, vector<string> phoneNumberVec, string contactName)  {
   string theName;
   string thePhoneNum;
   string theContName;
   string correctPhonNum;
   int N;
   int nElements;
   cin >> N;
   cin >> theName;
   cin >> thePhoneNum;
   cin >> theName;
   cin >> thePhoneNum;
   cin >> theName;
   cin >> thePhoneNum;
   cin >> contactName;
   nElements = phoneNumberVec.size(); 
   for (int i = 0; i < nElements; i++)  {
      if (i == N-1)  {
   return "";

int main() {
   vector<string> nameVec;
   vector<string> phoneNumberVec;
   string contactName;
   string correctPhonNum;
   GetPhoneNumber(nameVec, phoneNumberVec, contactName);
   cout << correctPhonNum << endl;

   return 0;

seo – Spam, captcha – limit Contact Us page to country where you’re doing business

I do business only in the USA, however my content is relevant in just about any region of the world. I routinely get spam via my Contact Us page, almost all of which comes from outside of the US. While I do have Captcha enabled, it obviously isn’t perfect, especially when spammers hire cheap labor to manually do their work.

So, this made me wonder, what if I limited my Contact Us page to just users coming from the USA? The rest of my site would still be available.

I’m guessing I could do this with .htaccess, but would this hurt my SEO?

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php – Create a WordPress Contact Form to call a POST AWS API Gateway and send user data

I am working for a company, and I need to create a WordPress contact form to call an AWS Api Gateway with a POST Request, but the API function needs to get some parameters:

SecurityKey (each user needs this key);
ContentID (The contentID of the page, it’s from different articles, so each article have an ID);
UserID (the logged user ID);
FormEmail (the email that the user will fill in the contact form);
I am struggling to find any answers on how to get these parameters from a WP contact form.

We are using WordPress, AWS Lambada Api Gateway, and Simple Email Service to send the email to the sponsor of the Article. I need a way to get the UserId, UserSession, SecurityKey params when the user is logged in our platform.

Until now, I am able to send the Form Data (Name, Email, Message), but I do not want the user to type the Session, ID, SecurityKey. I tested creating these form fields own my own and submitting the form, and it does work, but I want it to get these values automatically when the user logs in.

This is the code I have now:

        function submitToAPI(e) {
           var URL = "";
                var Namere = /(A-Za-z){1}(A-Za-z)/;
                if (!Namere.test(jQuery("#FormFullName").val())) {
                             alert ("Name can not less than 2 char");
                if (jQuery("#FormEmail").val()=="") {
                    alert ("Please enter your email id");
                var reeamil = /^((w-.)+@((w-)+.)+(w-){2,6})?$/;
                if (!reeamil.test(jQuery("#FormEmail").val())) {
                    alert ("Please enter valid email address");
           var FormFullName = jQuery("#FormFullName").val();
           var FormEmail = jQuery("#FormEmail").val();
           var UserMessage = jQuery("#UserMessage").val();
           var data = {
              FormFullName : FormFullName,
              FormEmail : FormEmail,
              UserMessage : UserMessage                  
             type: "POST",
             url : "",
             dataType: "json",
             crossDomain: "true",
             contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8",
             data: JSON.stringify(data),
             success: function () {
               // clear form and show a success message
               alert("Thank you for your review. It will be posted shortly.");
             error: function () {
               // show an error message

<form id="contact-form" method="post">
      <input type="text" style="height:35px;" id="FormFullName" placeholder="Enter name here…" class="form-control" /><br/>
      <input type="email" style="height:35px;" id="FormEmail" placeholder="Enter email here…" class="form-control"/><br/>
      <h4>How can we help you?</h4>
      <textarea id="UserMessage" rows="3" placeholder="Enter your message…" class="form-control" style="width:100%;"></textarea><br/>
      <button type="button" onClick="submitToAPI(event)" class="btn btn-lg" style="margin-top:20px;">Submit</button>

PS: we are not using a serverless website yet, we are changing to it in a near future.


iphone – iMessage sent to contact that I did not type or send!

I have an iPhone XR with iOS 14 with security issues in the past. One of my email addresses showed up on to data breach websites and the password I use was the same for all of my accounts like a dummy. Accordingly, my Apple account was hacked at the same time and password was changed by whoever hacked it.

I was really worried about my bank information and things like that so I changed all of the passwords that I could.

For a while everything seem to be going all right, until this morning I noticed a blue bubble message that “I” had sent to my lead at work, and I put quotation marks because it most definitely wasn’t me. And no one else had physical access to my phone at the time. And it was at three in the morning. Here is a picture of the message circled in red that was sent by someone

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It was 8 AM before I noticed the message was sent to her and I apologized and told her that it was not me. I might even believe the stretch that it was an accidental voice to text but there is a question mark Emoji on the end that I never use.

At this point with everything that happened with my accounts being hacked I am almost certain that my phone has been compromised somehow by hackers. I’m paranoid about checking my bank account to make sure my money is not wiped out every day.

Has this ever happened to anyone before?

I was reading other forum post about this and people said that it is almost definitely the work of somebody remotely controlling from a computer terminal for malicious reasons. I think at this point I’m going to invest in an android with better security like a OnePlus unless someone has any better recommendations? You really can’t get a whole Lotta protection in Apple’s sandbox 👶🏻


Telegram add contact problem

I’m trying to add a Number on Telegram but doesn’t work.
The Number is on Telegram, and it’s working on other phones.
I have about 100 contacts in my list.

Error is:
-Dr- is not on Telegram yet, would you like to invite them to join?

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Any ideas?

“Contact us” form submission best practice

There are two good directions that I can think of:

A. Replace form with a friendly success section

Rather than redirect entirely, I’d recommend only replacing the form with a success message. That should prevent the user from getting disoriented and would allow them to interact with other elements on the page if there are any.

There should be a “Submit another message” button under the success message, in case the user wants to write again.

As a nice-to-have, think about including an illustration as part of this success section, to add a feeling of delight to the interaction. Bonus points for a subtle animation in the illustration. People generally remember the best and worst points in an interaction, and they’re also likelier to remember the start and the end of one, so a charming experience at the end of an interaction goes a long way.

B. Clear the form and show a temporary success message

I’ve never seen this approach be a problem for users. On the contrary, it seems to meet their expectations. If you go with this approach, be sure that:

  • that it animates in so that it’s noticed
  • the success message stays on long enough to be noticed (I use 3.5 s)
  • it’s visible no matter the size of the window (you can animate the “Submit” button for this or use a bottom toast)

While potentially not as charming as the first approach, this approach tends to be a lot simpler to implement.

No matter which direction you go with, be sure to send the user an e-mail confirming that his message was received. As a nice-to-have, it’s nice to confirm that their message will be read and mention whether the user should expect a reply and, if so, how long it might take.

Creating a PHP contact page

I have been working on a small website and wanted to add a contact us page. The rest of the website is just 3 html files and a css style sheet. I have created the form in a fourth html file, contact-us.html, but I am not sure how best the PHP to send the email should work.

I have tried having a separate PHP file, contact-send.php, which is linked to using action=”contact-send.php”, then this PHP file sends the email, but what the user sees is just a blank page, the contact-send.php page, when they click submit. I want the user to be ideally taken to a page that says success if the form is sent or allows them to make changes if the information entered was not right.

I have seen people have a PHP file for the contact-us page which includes the html for the form, but I didn’t know if it was good to have the code that sends the form visible on the same page.

If I have the PHP to send the email in a separate file, how can this then update the webpage if the email is successfully sent, either by redirecting to a new page or by updating the content of the current one.

This website is just being hosted on Linux servers.

What different files should be used ? Should I have the main contact page be a php file which also sends the message, or should it be a separate file which is then able to redirect the page?