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Why do I receive so much spam?

If you have visited a chat room or other public area it is possible for spammers to have found out what your screen name is from there. They could also have got hold of your screen name by gaining unauthorised access to an account that holds the email address in the account holder's address book. Unfortunately, spammers also guess email addresses. If you report these emails to AOL, we will investigate and add the details to our filters. 

Tip: To help avoid this, you could create a separate AOL screen name for use in public areas by signing-on to AOL and going to Keyword: Screen Names. (AOL allows you to have up to seven screen names per account - in other words, seven separate email addresses.)