Possible to receive welcome email without ever visiting the website?

by V. Hollan   Last Updated October 02, 2017 12:16 PM

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question, but I would like to give it a try.

A couple of days ago I was looking for a product that I wanted to buy. Visited a couple of websites, webshops, used some keywords in Google. Didn't buy anything.

The day after, I received a welcome email from a website I've never visited (I am 100% sure I never did). It's a website that offers products on discount. Thought it was a bit weird, it even had my name in it, and I wondered: why am I subscribed to this list.

But when I opened it (just curious), it became scary: the product I was looking for the other day was mentioned in it! They gave me a coupon so that I could buy the product for almost nothing.

Usually I am not that paranoid and of course it is not a big problem, but I just don't understand how this works. Is this even possible? How does this kind of marketing (?) work? Like I said I am 100% sure I never visited the website.

Hope someone can help me out (and sorry if I am posting this on the wrong page).

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