How did they email me? SPAM Mystery...

Ok, I just got a spam email in my gmail account. I noticed something that I couldnt figure and wanted to know if anyone could fill me in on how this is done. I noticed in the headers info, the email was sent to MikeDaneil117, however, my email is MikeDaneil23. So why am I still receiving this when the email typed in the "to:" box wasnt mines to begin with?
tek07Asked:
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ahoffmannCommented:
> So why am I still receiving this when the email typed in the "to:" box wasnt mines to begin with?
'cause anything can be written in the "To:" field, that's how SMTP is defined
tek07Author Commented:
*** btw: the email is just a made up email, just for visual purposes.

Then how come I dont see MikeDaneil23@gmail in the header, instead I see MikeDaneil117@gmail.com *scratches head
ahoffmannCommented:
what is in your
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tek07Author Commented:
MikeDaneil23@gmail.com, but ....how can you just alias that email?
imbattibileCommented:
It's what's in the message "envelope" that counts, i.e., what the sending client asked for when connecting to the outgoing server.

For example the computer issues a HELO command, a MAIL command, a RCPT command, a DATA command and finally a QUIT command.

The address in the RCPT command is usually the same as in the To: field of your email, but it does not have to be. It could be another address altogether and so would explain your mystery.

Cheers,
imb.

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tek07Author Commented:
so...if i wanted to do the same thing how would this be accomplished in a gmail client?
ahoffmannCommented:
hmm, that's what I said in the very first comment ;-)

> if i wanted to do the same thing how would this be accomplished in a gmail client?
you cannot
imbattibileCommented:
ahoffman's right I think. On both counts:

>hmm, that's what I said in the very first comment ;-)

yes, I think your were correct in substance.

>> if i wanted to do the same thing how would this be accomplished in a gmail client?
>you cannot

I'm not a gmail user but I think they would not allow you to put different addresses in the To: field and the envelope.

Cheers,
imb.
tek07Author Commented:
I'm sorry ahoffmann, I didnt really understand your answer. Im not as tech savvy as most of the members here. I needed a full explanation. I appreciate your help, though.  Thanks again
ahoffmannCommented:
tek07, if the more flowery explanation from imbattibile helped you more, then your grading was ok, you explained it anyway.
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