So recently I got an email from Stack Overflow saying that I am in the top whatever percent of rep earning users.

What I found strange though is that it's from Stack Overflow, not Stack Exchange or Ask Different.

The email looks legit but I am not sure if it is and why it came from Stack Overflow.

The email:


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    Congratulations and keep up the good work. I clearly remember and can attest receiving similar email a few months ago when I started with Ask Different!. Hope to see you in the monthly most active contributors list. Good luck :)
    – Nimesh Neema Mod
    Commented Dec 1, 2018 at 11:47
  • @NimeshNeema Thanks
    – user310476
    Commented Dec 1, 2018 at 12:03
  • @WayToDoor How can I censor it better?
    – user310476
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 15:28
  • With a fully black rectangle like this snaps.api-d.com/HPQoc.jpg
    – WayToDoor
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 15:34
  • @WayToDoor Thanks for your help, could you please delete the comment that shows part of the email? Thanks
    – user310476
    Commented Dec 9, 2018 at 15:56
  • @DManokhin done, stay safe :)
    – WayToDoor
    Commented Dec 10, 2018 at 9:17

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There's two things here:

  • If you look at the transport logs (and not the "from") you can see in fact the email is from Stack Overflow
  • The email itself matches what others receive

On both fronts I can confirm this email looks like an legitimate email from the Stack Exchange network. That being said, it's always possible for a spammer to take that mail content and send it to you with different links - so you can always decline to click any links until you verify them in any email.

Many emails generated by the network (e.g. newsletters, etc) will be sent from Stack Overflow, so this is not a concern even though it's referencing your Ask Different registration.

As for the email itself, I've checked and can confirm this is a legitimate email that goes out to new users if they achieve a certain amount of reputation within a particular period.

In short, this looks very much like nothing to be concerned about and, in fact, you can pat yourself on the back for being an active member of the community as well as knowing that phishing mails can be sent that look great.

Most importantly, Thank you for your contributions here!

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