Every time I get asked for an email address I make one up. For example, a website called “Trouserman” (which sells trousers; not relevant, sorry!) asks me for my email address so they can send me news about trousers.
I give them this email address: email@example.com
Trouserman send me a couple of emails which I delete because I already have plenty of trousers and I ask them to unsubscribe me.
But a disgruntled Trouserman employee has copied the entire email address database and sold it to a disreputable mailing list business, who in turn have sold it to a boilerhouse operation in Nigeria.
Now I start getting emails about my “inheritance” which I can claim by getting in touch with an “accountant” who will liberate the funds. The emails are addressed to… firstname.lastname@example.org
I know it’s phishing of course.
But then I get one from Paypal asking me to follow a link. It looks exactly like a real Paypal email. But it is addressed to…trouserman etc
This has been a really good way of identifying fake emails. It has happened with netflix_only_feb_ etc etc, french_holidays_only etc etc when they have lost data through theft or hacks.
Now to the point of this: To get rid of these unwanted emails I would create (in Thunderbird) a message filter: IF envelope-to is or IF envelope to contains send to spam
I can’t see a way of operating on the “mail-to” part of the message header in eM
Can anyone help please?
Andy (brand new user)
PS there isn’t really a Trouserman site, I don’t think.