Junk E-mail Removal: A Scam?

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  1. Chuck C

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    Is it worth removing myself from someone's junk e-mail if it requires that me to type in my e-mail address?

    For example...I finally said, "I don't care about losing 100lbs in 2 days" so I clicked the "To be removed, click here...enter your e-mail address to be removed" ....What I am wondering is if by entering my E-mail address, did I just open my self up to more crap? will it ever end??
     
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    Just one more thing, not only removing yourself from their mailing list tell them that your address is valid but another thing to watch for are links in the HTML of the message. I'm using Pegasus Mail, and one of it's limitation is that it will not display images that are linked externally (But will display those that are in attachments) which is not a big loss when in many cases those images are basically scripts that take your e-mail address as a parameter so that as soon as you view it, they know your address is valid.
     
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    I use MailWasher. It has a great bounce feature that makes it look like your email address is not working.
     
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    Thanks for the link. I will chek that out later on tonight.
     
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    so if i downloaded the mailwasher & unsubscribed from spam will I be targeted less or not at all?
     
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    no, you do not unsubscribe from spam.
     
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    I've never understood the common annoyance that people get from spam. Why not just delete it and move on?
     
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    My business email addy gets a few spams a day and the one I use for newsgroups and stuff like that gets maybe ten per day. Just like with junk mail I don't even bother reading them, 99% of the time I i just get rid of them without opening them up.
     
  14. Todd H

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    The thing about spam is that YOU end up paying for it. You pay for the storage space, not the spammers. This isn't like a post office mailbox where you don't really own it. What happens when you lose legitimate e-mail because your inbox is full? It happens all the time. And I don't buy the whole free speech argument as well. It would be like me walking through someone's front door of their home to sell them something without their permission.

    Personally, I use Spamcop to report EVERY spam I recieve, as well as forwarding all spam to the FTC. For the really hard-headed spammers, I usually find out who they are and send them a bill for taking up my storage space. That always does the trick.
     
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    But John, if you bought all the crap spammers try to sell, you'd be rich, never go bald, could attract women instantly, and have a 10 foot penis! [​IMG]
     
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    I stopped using spamcop when I noticed that all the spam I was reporting was only being sent to dev/null
     
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    This analogy doesn't seem correct. spam is nothing more than ELECTRONIC junk mail...you can throw it at one's leisure but this time instead of filling up the kitchen garbage basket, the Windows Recycle Bin (or whatever) fills up. Still, it's all a pile of garbage in the end, and it needs to slow down!
     

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