Since I purchased this domain, I have accepted mail to every possible address – firstname.lastname@example.org. Over time there has been more and more spam. Mostly it came to my established address.
Recently, there has been an onslaught of spam, most of it bounces from other domains. Some spamming software has decided to take random letters and attach them to my domain as the return address. So, I get emails addressed to things like email@example.com.
Mostly they’re variations of, “You sent email here, but there’s no one here with that address,” or “Thanks for the email, but I’m on vacation,” or “This is Fred’s anti-spam software. Please verify you’re a real person and not spam!”
One day this week I had nearly 50 emails make it past my spam filtering and none of them were real emails for me – not one!
I have just adjusted the way this website works. Now, only emails addressed to me specifically will get to me.
I feel like I’m giving in to these dastardly attacks. I didn’t want to do that. I had no choice.
If we don’t come up with a solution for spam soon it will kill email. It really will.