Hopefully the knowledgeable people here can offer some advice to me because surely I’m not the first to think of a concept like this…
My core objective is to use a unique email address with each web site I register at, order products from, etc. I want to do this so I can trace back to where spammers originally got a given email address of mine that they’re targeting with spam. For example, I’ll go through the DreamHost Panel and set up a forward-only email called firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, if I get spam email forwarded to me through that email address, it’s obvious that the spammers got my email through some connection with amazon.
This idea is simple enough except all smart email spammers BCC their targets instead of directly addressing them. This means that the spam recipient (me) can’t see the email addresses targeted by the spam email. For example, spammers will essentially send an email to themselves and add all the spam targets as a BCC’d list. (If I’m not explaining this part well, please let me know!) Therefore, my idea was to add a signature to each forward-only email account. The signature would have the name of the account from which it was automatically-forwarded, thus eliminating the BCC problem.
My plea for help
I can’t figure out how to add signatures to forward-only email accounts through the DH Panel.
Or if such signatures aren’t possible through the DH Panel, how else might I insert text into an email forwarded to me through a forward-only email account?
Lastly, please let me know if I’m going about this the wrong way. I do know that manually creating all these forward-only email addresses is getting cumbersome (which gives me the feeling I could be doing this better…somehow), but I don’t know of any other way to script the creation of forward-only email addresses through DreamHost.
Thanks so much! I can’t wait to hear your suggestions.