curious spam...

Thomas Scott mr.thomas.scott at
Tue Sep 15 14:53:44 UTC 2020

> I treat it as a back-end mailbox for my own smtp server. 100% of email
> that reaches my gmail

box without going to another address at my mail server first is spam.

I used a similar flow a few years ago that worked until I made the mistake
of signing into some service using "Sign in with Google" and then it was
all down-hill from there. Within a few months I found myself on customer
lists that I hadn't signed up for, and my spam folder grew as well. YMMV,
but that was my culprit.
- Thomas Scott | mr.thomas.scott at

On Tue, Sep 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM J. Hellenthal via NANOG <nanog at>

> Hey google, siri, or Alexa phoning home and your information put into a
> local database as a new person in the area for which they have bought your
> address.... I could believe that.
> --
>  J. Hellenthal
> The fact that there's a highway to Hell but only a stairway to Heaven says
> a lot about anticipated traffic volume.
> > On Sep 14, 2020, at 13:33, William Herrin <bill at> wrote:
> >
> > Howdy,
> >
> > I've noticed something odd. When I lived in Virginia, I started
> > receiving email directly to my gmail box from my U.S. Representative.
> > Unsolicited spam from Congressmen is nothing new but it was a little
> > odd that they found my gmail box (which I don't give out) and not one
> > of the hundreds of aliases at or which I do
> > give out. The gmail box exists only in mail headers; "From" is always
> > a different address.
> >
> > I moved to Seattle. Today I found my grmail box subscribed to a
> > congressman's list from a nearby Washington jurisdiction. Not some
> > random congressman. And not any of the addresses I give out; my gmail
> > box's address which I don't.
> >
> > Anyone else have a similar experience? Any idea how a hidden address
> > is making it on to relevant congressmens' lists but not any others?
> > That's weird right?
> >
> > Regards,
> > Bill Herrin
> >
> > --
> > William Herrin
> > bill at
> >
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