said by koitsu: said by rebus9:
Anything is possible, but over the years I've accumulated a little over 200 unique aliases. Only the DynDNS alias received spam, and there are far easier aliases to guess. (think of big name merchants, etc)
As someone who adopted this methodology of trying to prevent spam and "track the source who distributed the Email address", I can assure you with absolute certainty that in the long term / grand scheme of things it doesn't work
We'll agree to disagree. I've been doing this since I registered my first domain way back in 1996. It has worked spectacularly well for 16 years, and continues to do so. Within the past year or so, the same thing happened to a small nutritional supplement vendor. They had no clue their user data had been compromised until I phoned them after receiving a phish email to that alias.
It also comes in handy for detecting which websites prostitute their users out to 3rd parties. I had a couple of aliases that received floods of unsolicited messages (calling them that, instead of spam, because it was focused/targeted content and not random). There was absoltely no doubt who'd sold their lists to 3rd parties who sold products that correlated with the orignal vendor's genre.
Sure, I'll name the worst offender-- active.com. I used them to sign up for a few races, and within a couple of months I was flooded with advertising emails from many different vendors of running shoes, running clothing, accessories (gps trainers, heartrate monitors, etc). And before you ask-- I always
make sure I've un-checked any boxes that ask for permission to give my address to partners and 3rd parties, or asking if I want to receive periodic emails, etc.