Google warns billions of Gmail users about clever email trick that could catch out who's really sending you spam | The Sun

WORKING out who's misusing your email and causing you to receive spam is nigh-on impossible.

But there's a clever Google trick that may give you a hint.

Gmail users don't all realise that you can actually tag terms onto their existing email address with a plus sign.

No matter what you add on, it'll still go to your usual inbox.

So let's say your email is [email protected].

You could add + to the end of averagejoe1990 along with any term.

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For example, a[email protected] or [email protected].

If you set up all your email addresses this way, you could use it as a way to work out who is sharing your address around.

Your Gmail inbox says the exact address it was sent to at the top of the email message.

So if you start getting weird emails sent to [email protected] you might want to ask your bank who they've been sharing your email with.

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You could apply this with any company or service you sign up to.

Tt's not a silver bullet solution but it's a good indicator if you notice anything odd.

"You can also use this when you register for a service and think they might share your information," a Google rep previously wrote in a blog post.

"For example, I added "+donation" when I gave money to a political organization once, and now when I see emails from other groups to that address, I know how they got it."

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