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Catch all email address for potential spam - Anyone else do this?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Adam_151, 27 Dec 2017.

  1. Adam_151


    Joined: 18 May 2004

    Posts: 2,711

    Location: Lincoln, Uk

    A while ago I set up a catch all box on my own domain name, and as a result of many shops asking for email addresses at the checkouts, now give it in the format A.[shop name]@domain_name.tld. Means I can easily see if any place is cheeky enough to sell the list, and if the spam gets too much, I can send all email from that address straight to the bin!. When it all gets too cluttered, I'll ditch the A. and start on B. etc

    Get a confused look sometimes when giving addresses out in this format, and quite often glazed looks when I explain that its my own domain I can have whatever I want @ it.

    I just suddently thought that this forum is probably geeky anough to have others that do similar :p
  2. Russinating


    Joined: 27 Dec 2005

    Posts: 16,106

    Location: Bristol

    Done it for years, just not with the prefix bit.
  3. Scam


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 13,900

    Location: London

    That's quite a good idea actually. But don't you get more spam due to having the catchall? As in once a bot sees a domain it will try anything@domain.com to spam you, no? :confused: Do you see emails come in to addresses you haven't given out?
  4. dowie


    Joined: 29 Jan 2008

    Posts: 48,699

    I've got a throwaway account too, I've heard of people doing what the OP does before but unless you're going to record whether you ticked the right box when signing up and then make some follow on complaint to the DPA I don't really see too much use in tracking where the spam originated from. There will probably also be some mail sent to these addresses, as scam suggested, purely at random.
  5. neoboy


    Joined: 16 Mar 2004

    Posts: 12,442

    Location: UK

    Had a throwaway account for shopping, signing up to stuff, etc for as long as I've had email.
  6. Glanza


    Joined: 13 Mar 2007

    Posts: 10,439

    Location: South Yorkshire

    Done it for years, so far the only one that's ever got spam to it has been my wargaming account and that is always blocked by my exchange server for virus related stuff.
  7. adolf hamster


    Joined: 18 Oct 2012

    Posts: 7,360

    Always used a throwaway account, used to be my adolfhamster hotmail but long since forgotten the password and been locked out so now i have my gmail account for signing up for random spam.

    Used to use it for some shops too, so funny getting packages delivered to a.hamster :D
  8. SiD the Turtle


    Joined: 16 Nov 2003

    Posts: 9,695

    Location: On the pale blue dot

    Yup I do this. Annoyingly though when you catch them in the act they still won't bloomin' react. Asked Expedia why I was suddenly getting loads of Ticketmaster spam at the address expedia@example.com, I don't think they understood in the slightest.
  9. sniffy


    Joined: 12 Dec 2003

    Posts: 8,142

    Location: East Sussex

    I do something similar with my gmail account. If you prefix the username part of the address with "+" then it'll still be delivered to your inbox (e.g. username+netflix@gmail.com). It's a feature of the protocol so most email providers support this. However some sites won't recognise anything containing the "+" symbol as a valid address.

    If I want to sign-up to a newsletter or something to receive a discount I use mailinator.com.
  10. Trifid


    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

    Posts: 8,391

    Yes, I do this. It's also good at finding those companies who don't take cyber security seriously and cover up past hacks. Looking at you vision express...
  11. kaiowas


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,233

    Location: Castle Anthrax

    Yeah, I give out differently prefixed addresses all the time, the other benefit is that it can make it trivial to catch the occasional genuine looking 'faked' email. ie, if I get an email telling that my apple account has been compromised that looks fairly convincing at first glance, but it's been sent to my ebay email address, then it's clearly fake and I can delete it with no more investigation required.
  12. Lakeland


    Joined: 1 Nov 2005

    Posts: 5,512

    With so many email addresses how do you guys manage them all?
  13. Pawnless Endgame


    Joined: 10 May 2004

    Posts: 11,106

    Location: Sunny Stafford

    Old AOL addy for spam
    Gmail addy for realz :)
  14. Dano


    Joined: 19 Dec 2006

    Posts: 9,490

    Location: UK

    I don't get anywhere near enough spam these days for this to be worth doing, a few years ago I might have considered it but now, nope.
  15. LeeUK


    Joined: 1 Mar 2008

    Posts: 5,291

    I do the catachall @mydomain and the username+emample@gmail for stuff, but I never give an email address out at at human manned checkout. If they want to sign me up to something I generally say no thanks not interested.
  16. kaiowas


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 10,233

    Location: Castle Anthrax

    In my case any email sent to any user within my domain ends up in the same inbox so there's not really anything to manage.
  17. LeeUK


    Joined: 1 Mar 2008

    Posts: 5,291

  18. Acme


    Joined: 29 Jul 2011

    Posts: 34,534

    Location: Sussex

    I have one.

    I looked in my spam email account the other day and it has 15,000 unread. :p
  19. Frozennova

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Nov 2009

    Posts: 11,358

    Location: Northampton

    This, but on my own domain hosted on Google Apps
  20. Angilion

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

    Posts: 17,618

    Location: Just to the left of my PC

    I have 3 email addresses - a spamcatcher, a public address for general use and a private address for private emails. None of them contain my real name, although everyone who has my private address knows my real name. That used to be common practice, back when security and privacy were seen as being good things.

    I don't use the spamcatcher any more. It doesn't seem necessary nowadays - I only get about 1 spam per day on average to my public email address. Not like the old days, when spam emails could reach high enough amounts to render an email address useless. I think ISP's filters are much better now - they seem to catch all the obvious spam. All the spam I get now is scam emails disguised as something from a legitimate source containing a plausible message and a link labelled as being to the relevant site but which actually sends you to a completely different site that I assume installs malware.