Fed up with spam emails

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A reader is fed up with spam emails:

“I have a very irritating problem that I cannot resolve. I keep receiving emails that are definitely spam (like Hi , You’re chosen for a $90 CVS Reward RXFA). No matter what I mark as spam, or click on unsubscribe, that does not work. These email advertising offers come from so-called major stores. And they are all identical in their spiel, Even so-called Bank of America “has deposited $3,000 in my account” (I don’t have BoA). Any suggestions? Or just continue to mark as spam?”

I’m sure you know that the offers aren’t really coming from major stores, so hitting unsubscribe won’t do you any good. Only legitimate enterprises have actual unsubscribe features. In fact, avoid clicking on unsubscribe when you know it’s a scam, because an unsubscribe button in one of those emails could lead take you to a malicious website.

These scammers can be difficult to block because they use different email address every time they send a message. So even if you flag the address or sender as spam once, the next email is coming from a completely different place.

I’m afraid your best bet is to just keep marking it all as spam.

3 thoughts on “Fed up with spam emails

  1. Here are two more reasons to NEVER hit “Unsubscribe” on a spam email (or interact with it at all):

    1 – You never subscribed to it, did you? Then why should you unsubscribe?
    2 – Clicking “Unsubscribe”, or any other link in the email, is all the spammer needs to know that yours is a valid email address; and it’s attached to a real live human being who will interact with it.

    Guess what happens to the value of your email address? Yep: you became a more valuable target… and that means you’re going to get MORE spam & scam than ever! The best thing to do, like Cyn suggests, is just delete it. If you can block the entire domain from which it originated, it’s probably a good idea.

    1. I meant mark as spam – though many domains are used primarily for spam. Your email program should learn quickly and filter out much of it.

  2. Breathe in while thinking, “This is jst a petty, powerless annoyance.

    Breath out while hitting the delete key.

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