I’ve lately been getting an increased slew of spam emails. A couple of questions about them.
They all seem to have email addresses which consist of a lot of random letters and numbers along with a few dashes thrown in for good measure. The thing is that any time I click to block the email address, the same exact emails keep coming back, presumably from other email addresses. It’s hard to imagine that there’s some program which generates zillions of workable email addresses. So I suspect that these email addresses are spoofed, and that they have some program which generates random strings and uses those as the spoof, and the email program (both gmail, and the company email program that my gmail forwards to) are blocking these spoofed addresses and not the real address. Questions are 1) is this correct, and 2) if so, is there a way for the email programs to recognize the underlying actual address and block that?
In the “To” line of the new slew of spam emails, they don’t have my email address. Instead, they say “Mike@AOL.com”. “Mike” (not the actual name) happens to be the name of my son, but I doubt if this is connected. Questions are 1) how are these emails getting to me, and 2) what would be the motivation for having a spoofed “To” line?