Spam mails landing not even addressed to me!

  Halmer 14:00 17 Nov 2007

I decided to open one of the many viagra e-mails that I seem to be receiving. Don't know how the sender knows that I need it ut never mind.

It was addressed to a name similar to me but not exactly the same. I remember reading somewhere once that you could stop these from arriving in your mail bow. Does anyone know how please.

  mgmcc 14:13 17 Nov 2007

<<<< It was addressed to a name similar to me but not exactly the same >>>>

Your email address, along with probably hundreds of others, will be in the "BCC:" field and therefore hidden.

You can use a program such as Mailwasher click here to check mail without downloading it and delete any unwanted messages, or set up filters with text strings such as "viagra" so they are deleted from the POP3 server without you even seeing the headers.

I have a filter set up so that any messages that contain the string "Bounce messages would not reach" are automatically deleted unseen.

  p;3 17:05 17 Nov 2007

you can preview the sex/porn/anatomically adjusting-and enhancing mails and other garbage in Mailwasher and see what is on offer, then tick the delete and blacklist boxes and press the process mail tab;and viola ,they are GONE

suugest strongly you do NOT download them to your computer

  johnnyrocker 23:17 17 Nov 2007



  p;3 03:26 18 Nov 2007

lets clarify a bit; do not download, nor bounce any spam emails; preview in mailwasher if you wish to see what they do say but chuck them from server via the delete and blacklist tabs, and press 'process mail' tab in mailwasher; all it takes is ONE dodgy email to reach your computer amd are infected

  dunernin 13:37 22 Nov 2007

I am having the same problem with Orange Webmail (thank god it only aplies to webmail and not my normal mail address)I deletet over 500 pieces earlier this week.
Orange explanation to this "phenomonon" is copied below. I just cannot believe the crass stupidity of their system. They have the absolute gall to tell me that I should set up a filter for each piece of SPAM, as if I have nothing better to do. Does anyone else have similar issues with other WebMail providers?

Why am I receiving someone else's emails?
Article ID: kb2171


Orange email addresses are formatted like this: [email protected]

The part of the address following the @ symbol is called the username (or occasionally the 'nodename'). The part of your email address before the @ symbol is insignificant to mail delivery. Email is distributed based on the part of the address to the right of the @ symbol.

This gives you the flexibility to have several email addresses on one account. For example, if you use the address [email protected], you can also create the following addresses:

* [email protected]
* [email protected]
* [email protected] etc

This also means that mail sent to [email protected] would be delivered to your account.

If you are receiving mail sent to a name you don't use there may be several explanations:

* if another member has a similar Username to your own then you may be receiving incorrectly-addressed emails sent to them
* the email may be spam (unsolicited commercial email)
* email addresses are recycled, so it may be that the email address was 'harvested' (the process by which spammers collect vast numbers of email addresses) when the Username belonged to someone else. The previous owner may have used something different before the @ symbol in the email address.

A far more likely explanation for why you get spam email addressed to someone else is that spammers use sophisticated tools that generate email address lists. They effectively guess email addresses, then send out emails in bulk. Some of the emails are bounced back, while others reach active accounts. The part of the address before the @ symbol does not need to be the one you use for the mail to reach your account.

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