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Though inactive Hotmail accounts are open for a some time before they're closed, spammers can make it appear as though an account is still active.
I've been getting email from the Hotmail account of someone who is reportedly deceased. How long is a Hotmail account inactive before they recycle it and make it available to someone else to use?
That does sound a little unnerving, to be sure. I know I'd be a little 'weirded out' if I got email from someone whom I knew has passed away.
I don't have an exact number, but I believe Hotmail accounts hang around for several months. I'd guess around six.
But it's more likely that the email is the result of "From address spoofing", a common technique that spammers and some viruses use which doesn't require that the account be active at all. My article "Someone's sending from my email address! How do I stop them?!" discusses how that can happen.
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