Posted by: riiaan on Feb 18, 2011
Catch those spammers
So I have not blogged in a while. You see I was very busy with... um, um…Ok, I have just been as lazy as a Telkom worker on a Friday after lunch.
Now it is time to start blogging again and I will open my account for the year with a cool way to find out who is that asshole that has been selling your email address to spammers.
The wonderful folks at Google dreamed up this trick. When Gmail receives an email with a plus sign (+) in it, it will automatically remove whatever is between the + sign and the @ sign. For example if Gmail gets an email addressed to email@example.com, Gmail will know that the email is actually addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
So how does this help you find spammers?
When signing up on a new site use the website name in your email.
Getting yourself a myDL account you will list your email as riiaan+myDL@gmail.com. If you get no spam mail addressed to riiaan+myDL you know myDL have not been selling your email account details.
However, if you signed up at dodgysite.com and you starting getting spam addressed to email@example.com then you know they are the ones that sold your email address.
It is highly recommended that you burst into their offices swinging a baseball bat. Let them know you are unhappy.