FAQ
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Shawn Davis/Downstate
04/21/2008 09:07 AM



Subject:

Why do I get spam that is NOT addressed to me?

Category:

Anti-Spam

Why do I get spam that is NOT addressed to me?

A customer opens a spam message in their Inbox or the spam quarantine and the "To" field of the email does not contain their name. Also, their email address is nowhere to be found in the message. Why is that?

Well, the answer is quite simple. The "To" field on an email is there purely for cosmetic purposes and spammers can enter anything they like here, it will not affect message delivery. The real address is contained within the SMTP envelope when the mail server accepts the message.  This envelope is discarded by the router once the message is delivered, so you never get to see it.