Well, it has happened again! Two days ago, I started receiving spam at both my Ameritrade and Waterhouse Email addresses. The Waterhouse address has never before been compromised. This is now the fourth time that it has happened with Ameritrade! In addition, I have been getting correspondence from other bloggers who are experiencing the same issue. Their Email addresses were compromised as well. And, some are frustrated enough that they will begin moving their money out of Ameritrade as a result. This is a quote from one of the comments that I received:
Today, I have received four "pump 'n' dump" spams at two separate addresses -- one associated with Waterhouse which has been around for several years and another associated with Ameritrade which is only a few weeks old. These are the only two addresses out of the hundreds of vendor email addresses which I've created to be spammed in the last couple of days. If a trojan horse had stolen email addresses from my emailbox, I would have been receiving similar spams at many other addresses as well. The probability that ONLY these two Ameritrade addresses would have been selected for spamming is minute. One two real possibilities exist, in my opinion. 1) The addresses were sold. 2) The addresses were stolen. I believe that #2 is far more likely and worrisome since who knows what other personal data might have been stolen as well. Even more worrisome is the refusal of their "Tech Department" to consider the possibility that they have a problem.
I have received a similar response from TD Ameritrade's customer service people. So, is anybody else in the same boat as us?