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I regularly sign up for services with a custom email address for each business. Just now I received a spam message at an address that I created for my first Webfaction account way back in 2007. Searching my email records, the only messages that address has ever received are from Webfaction, mostly billing notices etc.

So somehow or other that address has been exposed, and I'm pretty sure it wasn't through me or Tuffmail (my email provider). :(

asked 27 Jun '11, 11:48

maupin
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If it was a generic-sounding address like "common_word@domain.com" then it's very likely that the address was guessed and used at random by spammers as a forged address.

If it was a unique, hard-to-guess address like then it's still theoretically possible that it could be guessed.

There's really nothing you can do to prevent that from happening, but you might be able to mitigate future damage (if any) somewhat by creating an SPF record for your domain.

In either case, if you'd like us to look into it further, feel free to open a support ticket. It's not likely that we'll find anything that will help, but we'll be happy to give it a shot.

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answered 27 Jun '11, 16:48

seanf
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