It's possible that...
by WheelerCub - 4/18/06 11:08 AM
In Reply to: You can try by PudgyOne
It's possible that there is no malicious activity going on at all and the sender of the emails may have just mispelled their outgoing address. Of course, there is no way to tell if this is the case unless you are able to contact them and find out what is going on.
That said, the reality of the situation is that it is still wise to change your email address because now anyone on the receiving end of the messages can now add it to their own spam lists, attempt to send viruses, or look up your address and attack you on other Web resources such as message boards that you post at, blogs, etc.
Another thing you should be aware of is that these days an exact email address is no longer needed for you to be added to spam lists. You may experience a fairly common spamming practice where sneaky advertisers and spammers take the first half of an email address, apply it to every known email system, and then send their spam to these random combinations. For example, JohnSmith@yahoo.com, JohnSmith@earthlink.net, JohnSmith@hotmail.com, etc.
To correct this problem I recommend doing one or more of the following:
1) Abandon any email addresses that you use that have a name that is known to spammers (i.e. "JohnSmith" in the above example).
2) Change your private email to a name unknown to spammers, or one with an uncommon style such as John_Smith@sitename.com or John-Smith@sitename.com.
3) Never begin your email name with simple words or names such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com because it is likely that spam is already being sent to these addresses and activating an account with the same name will only verify the address for spammers.
4) Never use your private email for signing up with new or unverified services, sites, or contests. Instead, create a specific email address to use for spam and unknown services such as firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) After a service that you consistantly use has been verified as being "safe", you can update your contact email address to your real one.
6) Make sure that your private email name (i.e. John_Smith) and your junk email name (junkmail333) are very different or you may find yourself starting over.
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