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I have a list of email addresses and names that I'd like to send a mass email to. I would like the email to look something like:

From: me@gmail.com

To: email@example.com

Body: Hi [name], I'm contacting you because...

I've gotten emails like this before, but I've never known how to do it. What programs can I use to send an email like this? Preferably, I'd like to somehow use my gmail account.

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As a side note: Are you in the US? If so, you might want to check out CAN SPAM and its requirements (like a physical address in the body, and a way to opt out...it is up to a $1000 fine per e-mail for violations). Also, be aware that your ISP could literally cut off your connection if you are spamming and they get complaints. You may be better off having a 3rd party do it for your. They will know the ins and outs of not getting you in hot water. –  KCotreau Jul 29 '11 at 21:37
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Gmail allows your to create 'groups' of emails. You can then send an email to people within this group. To ensure that each recipient sees only their email address in the To field, add the group only to Bcc when sending the email. Also, put your own address in the To box as if this is left blank some receiving servers (not gmail addresses) will reveal the other addresses.

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Works for me... –  pesckal Jul 29 '11 at 21:40
    
Any answer for personalising the [name]? –  KCD Apr 21 '12 at 5:55
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