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Receiving Unwanted Emails

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by rcrq500, Jul 29, 2006.

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  1. rcrq500

    rcrq500 Thread Starter

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    I receive emails from solicitors that are trying to sell things and the addresses are similar to mine, but not correct. How do they still get through to me? Example: My email is rcrq500 and I get some that say rcqmom.
     
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    They're being sent to you, but the writer is spoofing the To: field. It's called spam, and it comes to everyone with an e-mail account.
     
  3. rcrq500

    rcrq500 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the answer. How can I prevent it or control it? It is very frustrating.
     
  4. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

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    There's no way to completely prevent it. As long as you have an e-mail address, you'll have spam. I've heard of filters that work with different e-mail applications. You can search the web or wait for someone to post suggestions here. Just don't expect it to disappear. If you're using Hotmail or Yahoo via the web, your options are far more limited.
     
  5. jparr111

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    May I suggest creating a gmail account.(is it STILL beta? and invite only?) Great filters there.
     
  6. rcrq500

    rcrq500 Thread Starter

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    Does this not allow them to get through?
     
  7. jparr111

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    Changing your email address is the BEST way to stop getting SPAM mail. Of course, that's only good until you reply to SPAM, with your new address.
    (Just my opinion...I'm no expert.)
     
  8. kiwiguy

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    They do random or dictionary generated addresses in the "BCC" field, so while you don't see your address but it will be one of the thousands that these cretins generate. You only see the seed address in the "From" field.

    They should be taken out and shot, although that would be to kind.
     
  9. redoak

    redoak Gone but never forgotten

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    I disagree with part of this statement: "If you're using Hotmail or Yahoo via the web, your options are far more limited." I have used Yahoo e-mail for years, with only occasional 'spam.' Be sure to use the built-in 'options' available.
    {redoak}
     
  10. DoubleHelix

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    I'm glad to hear Yahoo's improved. I haven't used it for years. Thanks for the info.
     
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