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By Barry Fox USERS of Freeserve, Britain’s recently floated free Internet access provider, shouldn’t be too surprised if they get e-mail intended for other people. Owing to a quirk in the way Freeserve handles e-mail, it’s all too easy to send messages to the wrong person—and with 1.3 million Net novices using the service, it happens all too often. The company admits that many of its subscribers are receiving e-mail intended for others and says it is trying to come up with a fix. Meanwhile, it has been forced to put an explanatory note on its website entitled “Why do I get other people’s e-mail?”. “People are trying to guess others’ addressing and getting them wrong,” says Justine Moon, a spokeswoman for Dixons, which owns Freeserve. The problem is that Freeserve’s highly simplified e-mail addressing system makes it easy for incorrectly addressed e-mails to reach the wrong person. With other providers, a user’s name is usually placed ahead of the @ sign, followed by the domain name. But Freeserve usually puts the account holder’s last name after @, and its e-mail system ignores whatever is in front of it. This gives the user an infinite number of mailboxes, but the downside is that any messages sent to, say, an @smith domain name, will end up in the mailbox of the first Smith who registered with Freeserve. Many novice users are forgetting to place the relevant number, such as @smith21, in the address. Freeserve is not the first to use such a system,