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Those with gmail, track who's spamming you!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by BranndonC, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. BranndonC

    BranndonC 3/4 ton status

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    When you give your email address to a website, you hope that they don't sell or trade your address to a bunch of spammers. Well if they do, here is a simple way to see what sites are responsible for what particular piece of email. This requires you have a Gmail account.

    If your Gmail login name was username@gmail.com and you went to samplesite.com to fill out a registration form, instead of just entering username@gmail.com as your email, enter it as username+samplesitecom@gmail.com instead. When Gmail sees a "+" in an email address, it uses all the characters to the left of the plus sign to know who to send it to. In this example it would still send it to username@gmail.com.

    Now whats cool is if you search Gmail for username+samplesitecom, you will see all massages that were sent to that email address.

    To see who is responsible for sending a specific message click the Show Details link and you will see the complete address.

    Neat! [​IMG]
     
  2. OrangeCrushK10

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    I'll have to start doing that.
     
  3. Insomnya3AM

    Insomnya3AM Registered Member

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    Very cool. I'll be doing that regularly.
     
  4. Fubeca

    Fubeca 1/2 ton status

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    It doesn't always work though - sometimes vendors' websites will accept the address but will error out trying to send - so you never get any email. It is pretty satisfying to know exactly who sold you off.
    :mad:
     

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