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I would like to set up an e-mail address that would forward all incomming e-mail and change the sender.

Example: Random person sends mail to an account that I set up:

From: randomperson@randomsite.com
To: aggregator@serviceprovider.com
Subject: Test message
Hi!

This account will then automatically forward it to another adress with itself as a sender:

From: aggregator@serviceprovider.com
To: finalrecipient@somewhere.com
Subject: Test message
Hi!

I am looking for some kind of service that will let me do this, since I do not have a available server to configure. I tried playing around with forward settings in hotmail, gmail, etc. but I cannot make it change the sender address.

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is this a legitimate request? will it be used for good or evil? –  Jeff Atwood Oct 5 '09 at 0:18
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Good, I believe. Receivers are mail-to-content services at sites like Posterous, Tumblr and Flickr. Senders are members of a non-profit organization who sends faxes with content to the webmaster instead of learning the interwebs. Evil if our webmaster gets a kick out of beeing a human-computing-driven fax-to-metaweblog-api gateway. I doubt it. –  Hallgrim Oct 5 '09 at 22:09
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I use E4ward for that purpose. E4ward allocates aliases, which look like alias@username.e4ward.com. I give out these aliases, and E4ward forwards emails sent to them to my real email address, but with a tricked return address that I can use to respond such that my answer would seem to come from the alias.

The advantage in that kind of service is that I'm less exposed to spam, and when I do receive an unsolicited email I know exactly who is to blame.

I have tried a dozen such services before settling on E4ward as the best. I used a free account for a couple of months, and was so satisfied that I paid the $10 yearly subscription. Their service is very complete, missing only the feature of auto-expiring aliases, which I don't need.

Read this article for a description E4ward.com - Disposable Email Address Service:

E4ward.com is a down-to-earth and very useful disposable email service that makes it easy to prevent spam to your real email address with easily erasable aliases. You can use your own domain with E4ward.com, but auto-expiring aliases are not offered.

  • E4ward.com lets you set up unlimited disposable email addresses.
  • You can set up custom aliases or use random characters to make guessing more difficult.
  • Each E4ward.com can have a memo to help you remember which site or use
    it was set up for.
  • E4ward.com lets you create aliases for multiple real email addresses.
  • You can use aliases at your own domain name with E4ward.com.
  • E4ward.com protects your real address even in replies by routing them through its servers.
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Great! I managed to to exactly what I wanted. –  Hallgrim Nov 15 '09 at 19:48
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I think you need to use something like procmail for this. I doubt you can do it with any free webmail client.

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Procmail is a pain to configure, but it's really good when it works. –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 10 '09 at 9:36
    
@torgengb: I think the same applies to ANY sufficiently powerful tool :) –  Kimvais Dec 16 '09 at 8:08
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I think you have a few options:

  1. Sign on with a web hosting company which gives you SSH access and the ability to tweak your own mail settings. Then set up procmail to do this. My host does this for $10/month.

  2. Use a local mail client to do this. At the moment I have a rule set up in my University Mail program (a Web version of Outlook, connected to their Exchange server) to do just what you're asking. (In fact I wish I could do real forwarding where it looks like the email actually came from its original recipient, but that client won't allow it.) If you do this, all the email will be downloaded and then resent.

  3. Talk to an email forwarding service (like pobox.com), explain your case, and see what they can do for you. It's a pretty simple request, which they may not offer as a stock option simply because most people want their forwarded mail to show the original sender.

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I went with option 3 and used E4ward.com. Thanks! –  Hallgrim Nov 15 '09 at 19:49
    
Great. I'll have to check that one out myself. –  ScoBe Nov 17 '09 at 9:03
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Try using a service such as Fastmail that allows custom Sieve scripts. Refer to this reference:

http://www.fastmail.fm/help/managing_email_forwarding_redirecting.html

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If I understood you correctly, then there is a much easier way - you can simply add rules to Outlook:

http://www.technipages.com/automatically-forward-email-in-outlook-2007.html

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