Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: phaleon-ga
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08 Aug 2004 17:41 PDT
Expires: 07 Sep 2004 17:41 PDT
Question ID: 385205
How does someone send me email with the wrong address? How do I get emails with someone elses email address?
Re: email spoofing
Answered By: joey-ga on 08 Aug 2004 17:59 PDT
Hi there. They are using the "BCC" feature commonly found in most email programs. It stands for "blind carbon copy" and will send a copy of that message to all addresses in the BCC list (just like in the TO: or CC: list), but will not show any of the BCC addresses. So, you could send a message like: ---- Subject: test BCC email To: mary@foo.C0M CC: bob@bar.C0M, marty@gee.C0M BCC: phaleon@question.C0M Test of the BCC Message ---- Everyone listed would get the message (mary, bob, marty, and phaleon), but no one wouldn't know phaleon received a copy, and phaleon wouldn't see his address anywhere. This is because the BCC field is removed before it is sent. For more information, check out this explanation: http://www.techsoup.org/howto/articlepage.cfm?ArticleId=262&topicid=5 --Joey Searching strategy: BCC email
Re: email spoofing
From: bananarchy-ga on 09 Aug 2004 06:43 PDT
Depending on your mail server, it's also possible that emails being sent to bogus addresses at your domain are getting mistakenly forwarded to you. (For instance, if you're email@example.com, and spam is sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, it's possible that the mail server is guessing on the intended address and redirecting those to you.) I'd say that's pretty unlikely, but it happened to me a few years back.... I, of course, was foolish enough to respond asking to be unsubscribed, which is why my inbox is so full every day.
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