In the interest of full disclosure, I used to work at CNET and founded the gaming side of CNETís business which was then Gamecenter.com and is now Gamespot.com.
In no instance did I ever personally see this happen or ever hear of it as a CNET business practice anywhere in the company (1995-2000). But here’s a guy who uses a fake email address generator to see who sells his email to spammers and he was shocked when GameSpot turned up in his net.
So, I use the Spamgourmet service to generate temporary email addresses that look like email@example.com. This means that I can give www.examplewebsite.com this email address, and they can send me 20 emails and then the email address automatically expires if I donít say otherwise. As a result, I can generally tell exactly what Web site sold my email address to spammers, and it limits the damage they can do.
However, I didnít expect to need this with GameSpot. I gave them the obvious Spamgourmet email address when I signed up, and received the normal confirmation email, etc. About a week or two later, I got spam to the same email address which seemed really odd…
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