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dena613




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 5:08 pm
Thinking of this because of the matzav.com article.

https://matzav.com/email-spam-.....e-it/

I get all sorts of weird spam to my gmail account, but it's not even addressed to my email address!!! How does that work?

Let's say I'm Dena613@gmail.com

I get garbage addressed to Dena6131256@gmail.com, to DenaSi613@gmail.com...
Etc.

How does that end up in my inbox?

ALSO, I can put things in spam on my PC, but not on my phone.
Can you flag things to spam on iPhone version of gmail?

Thanks in advance
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sky




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 5:53 pm
Is there a plus or dot after your name in the email address.
Gmail will allow to appen anything after . Or +

This is helpful if when you apply to forms online you can figure out who sold your info. Like apply to contest as deena613+cooking@gmail.com. Any time you get mail to that address you know they sold your address. Or you can change the ending to enter contests multiple times.

So if there is a . Or + that may be why it is working.
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sky




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 6:12 pm
It’s also possible your email is in the bcc and they just filled it with millions of versions of deena613 and by chance they got one of your correct.
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dena613




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 6:14 pm
No . Or +, and we're not any bcc...
I can't understand it.

Thanks for weighing in!

any more ideas?
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sky




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 6:21 pm
dena613 wrote:
No . Or +, and we're not any bcc...
I can't understand it.

Thanks for weighing in!

any more ideas?


By bcc I mean they can hide the list of who the emails are going to. So there can be a hidden list of hundreds of versions of dena on one in the list happens to be your exact address. But bec it is hidden you can’t see it.
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amother




Kiwi
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 6:51 pm
Op, if you have an iPhone, there’s a feature you can use something like “hide email address”. If you turn it on, whenever you sign up for things, Apple offers to create a fake email address just for that one purpose. (You can write a note when creating it to remind you what it was for) Then Apple will get emails to that account and forward it to you but you can turn off at any time. That way if that company sells your email address it won’t come to your inbox.
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Smile1234




 
 
 
 

Post Mon, Jan 10 2022, 7:44 pm
On The iphone gmail app you can mark as spam.
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amother




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Post Tue, Jan 11 2022, 4:42 am
Do you sign up for a lot of things? I used to enter different contests and competitions, then I started getting a lot more spam. Like one of the posters above said, if you add to your email +nameofcompetition, then you know whose fault it is.
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