What is the point of a fake Outlook email?

  1. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    What is the point of a fake Outlook email?


    Just wondering? I guess, it is assigned to the user by default?
    It shows my other email as a sender, but it is only used for MS login.
    When I send a message, nothing happens, obviously, since it is a fake email.
    I was just checking out outlook to use it as an email and Edge logged me into this.
    I wonder, if it can be actually used or I have to register another outlook account?
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  2. Berton's Avatar
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    I recall seeing something similar some time ago as an alert that the account may have been compromised, a phishing attempt.
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  3. mngerhold's Avatar
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    I have two MS accounts: one is used for email, with an @Outlook.com address. That shows up 'normally'. But I also have an MS account I first opened years ago, where my login ID is my (now) gmail address. I never normally try to open the outlook.live.com/mail page, as I let Gmail handle that email acct - but I just did so, and got an invented 'outlook_xyz.. @Outlook.com' show up when I clicked on my account picture:
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    This seems to be the same as you are seeing. AFAIK, that can never be used as an email (although I have never tried). So I guess MS creates this address when one has not registered a functioning one - to what purpose I have no idea!.

    Slightly funny story: all those years ago, when I created my first MS account (may have been an MS 'Passport'), and it asked for an email address, I entered 'myname@microsoft.com' (or something similar), thinking I was creating a new email acct. That served as a login ID for some years, until it got to the point where MS wanted to confirm my identity in order to continue, and insisted on trying to send a verification code to that address - which of course did not exist, except as a login ID. I gave up trying to get round that (couldn't log in to change my email address) so walked away from it and created a new MS account. I think MS could have been more helpful when I was setting that up. It doesn't help that they keep calling everything to do with email 'Outlook'.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    mngerhold said:
    I think MS could have been more helpful when I was setting that up. It doesn't help that they keep calling everything to do with email 'Outlook'.
    Yeah, that is confusing to lots of folks. My first E-Mail was with Hotmail then when they came out with Outlook.com intending to merge Hotmail into it. I got an Outlook.com address, now they both go tohttps://outlook.live.com/owa/. It was bad enough with Outlook Express and the Outlook part of Office. Then there was the Microsoft Works and Microsoft Works Suite which had the word processor replaced by Word.
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  5. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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    It was actually .hotmail then .live and now .outlook and .365 is coming.
    Email is like a phone number, it should not change every 2-3 years.
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  6. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there
    perhaps the word FAKE is a bit mis-leading -- however so many sites or whatever require some sort of registration even to look at innocuous things like pricing of the products or their catalogs etc it's good to have "Dummy" email accounts (I think that's a better way to express it) then all the spam etc from those sites go straight to that email account and you can delete without even opening the emails.

    Cheers
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  7. bobhurd's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said:
    perhaps the word FAKE is a bit mis-leading -- however so many sites or whatever require some sort of registration even to look at innocuous things like pricing of the products or their catalogs etc it's good to have "Dummy" email accounts (I think that's a better way to express it) then all the spam etc from those sites go straight to that email account and you can delete without even opening the emails.
    I keep 2 email accounts active. My primary email address is the one I use for actual correspondence. My secondary email address (Gmail), I use for registration of sites that I have no intention of keeping or for correspondence that I have no use for in the future. I delete all my Gmail emails on a regular basis to keep it empty for more junk and unwanted ad-mail. My primary email is then kept fairly "clean" from junk. If I do receive any junk emails on my primary account, I blacklist those emails so they'll go immediately to my junk folder where they'll be deleted without me ever having to look at them.
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