Does the thought of spam email deter you from signing up to web-based offers and sites that ask for your email address? Do you fear that, soon after you sign up, your email inbox will be bombarded with unwanted marketing emails?
If so, then check out Spamgourmet at www.spamgourmet.com which is a free service that can help.
To start, sign up for an account at spamgourmet. You'll need to use your genuine email address, and reply to the confirmation message that you receive, but the site does promise that it won't spam you or send you any additional mail. Once you've done that, you're ready to start using the system. As to how you do so, it's best done with an example.
In my case, I signed up to spamgourment with a username of schifreen, and I told it that my Gmail account was my real email address. Now, every time I register with a new system (let's say the system is called dynomite), I give out my email address as firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Dynomite tries to send email to that address, the first 3 that they send will reach my gmail account. Any subsequent messages will be deleted by spamgourmet and will never be delivered.
If I want to sign up with another site (let's say it's called dogview.com), I might give out my email address as email@example.com. Again, the first 3 messages to that address will be delivered to Gmail, and all others will be lost.
You can change the limit if you wish. If 3 isn't enough, and you prefer 10 perhaps, quote your email address as firstname.lastname@example.org and the new limit will apply.
As you can see, from the screen shot below, when I tested the system by emailing my spamgourmet account, the message immediately arrived in Gmail, along with an indication of how many more will be permitted.