No. 1 secret Gmail feature to track and counter email spammers
Do we have a way to resolve this issue? Yes. Gmail comes to rescue.
One of the least talked about features of gmail actually offers you to not only be able to track the source of your email address leakage but also to setup very precise filter to filter away the future spammers.
The secret gmail feature
Gmail lets you add specific ad hoc keywords within your gmail's email address so you can create an unique email address every time you register to a web site. For example, if your email address is [email protected], you can add "+whateverkeyword" behind the "abc" to create an unique email address. Gmail system will ignore whatever starting from the character "+", i.e. the "+whateverkeyword" part, and send the email straight to "[email protected]" anyway.
[email protected]Using it to sign up to any website
= abc+whatever @gmail.com
However, the received email will still be showing "[email protected]" as the receiving email address (the to: field). Since this receiving email address can be very unique and precise down to one web site or one person, you can create a specific email address, say, [email protected], to sign up as a member.
Use firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to xyzwebsite.com.Tracking who's giving away your email adress
In future if you happen to receive a lot of emails from lots of unknown web sites to the [email protected], you will know that "xyzwebsite" has sold or given away your email address to their customers.
Use the "Show Detail" option in the Gmail's email header section to show the "To:" email address.Stopping the spammer
Since the receiving email address will contain the unique email address you have used to sign up, you can setup a gmail filter with the condition of messaging containing the "[email protected]" keyword and automatically label it as "Spam".
Setup up Gamil Filter to auto move email containing "[email protected]" to "Trash" labelDownside
There is one minor downside, however. If you forget a password and email used to sign up for somewebsite.com, you will need to recall the email address. So you should not delete the sign up confirmation email but only to archive it in gmail for future reference. You can then search your mail archive to recall the unique email address to login or to initial a password recovery process. It is, however, a small thing that won't take up much of your time.
Hope this helps.