Where did the spam come from?

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You probably receive newsletters from too many companies and in some cases do not remember ever giving them your email address. Here is a small trick to find out how they got a hold of your email. As far as I know it only works with gmail.

The next time you register on a website use a + tag in your email address. You can use an unlimited number of tags. So if your email address is john.doe@gmail.com and you want to register for, say, Decathlon ́s newsletter, use john.doe+decathlon@gmail.com.

Poor John Doe, he must receive a lot of spam.

If you receive a promotional email from a brand a few months later, and do not remember signing up for their list, checking the to field could reveal how they got your address.

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Ivo Oltmans
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My name is Ivo. In the last 10+ years I have worked on various SaaS products in marketing, sales and business development roles.

Want ideas to grow your company? I love meeting new people and chatting about business. My gmail handle is i.oltmans.

When in doubt whether or not to contact me, you should :-)