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I just learned something and I wanted to post it here instead of General Computing because I know more people are in MD. If any higher powers really think this has to be moved, go ahead...
When sites send you email with embedded HTML, all those images, sounds, etc are downloaded from there servers.
Well, when this happens, guess what. Your email address has just been verified and now you are on their list as well as any others they might sell their lists to.
Moral of this story. Always read your Email in plain text!!
Just an FYI
 
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I've read about this. Since then I started reading my mail offline. I often see query strings like id=76t327237 (whatever) in the URL, which probably links to your e-mail when they receive the request. Can't tell I was too successful though, as new spammers cme in every day... and my filters list grows...
 
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