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kevanne7
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receiving emails not addressed to me

Hello. first I am of mature years and of poor internet knowledge I am on windows 7 ie 11 my email address is HuhHuh?/@outlook.com.recently I have been getting emails addressed to kirstie @Hotmail.co.uk and they appear to be phishing I do not open them . I have contacted Microsoft to no avail will some help Thank you Kevan
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Re: receiving emails not addressed to me

Hello Kevan,
At first glance it may appear that these emails are for someone else, which is the intention. It is done to entice you to 'snoop' at what you are meant to think is another person's email and of course once you open the email the payload (virus, worm, etc) will be activated. You are getting them because your email address in included somewhere in the headers. You are not the only person getting these and you should not take it personally.
I doubt that this will be the last email of this kind that you get. So please don't waste to much of your time on it. Simply delete the email, life is too short to fight spam.
Also, do not be tempted to reply to these emails, as this proves that your email address is real, and you will end up getting more and more spam as a consequence.
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Mook
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Re: receiving emails not addressed to me

Hi Kevan,
To expand on what Mook has said, it is likely that you have been "blind copied" (bcc) on the email.  In such circumstances, your email address does not show when you look at the email.
You can reduce the volume of such emails by changing the settings of the PlusNET spam and virus filtering services.  Log into the PlusNET user portal and go to manage my email.  Click the email icon.
One of the tabs there gives you access to the spam filtering services.
Kevin
kevanne7
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Hello Mook and Kevin. Thank you for your prompt help and understandable answers    youon't happen to know the lottery numbers for Friday do you  Thanks very much again Kevan
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kevanne7
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Re: receiving emails not addressed to me

hello again Sorry wrong information I need 7 numbers for Friday  5 main ns and 2 lucky stars thanks kev