On Your Side: Unsubscribing from Spam

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

March 12, 2007

If you have an email address, you're probably always wondering how to limit some of the spam email that fills up your inbox every day.

Most of us just click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email...but that may just bring more trouble.

It seems simple enough: click on unsubscribe and the senders of the email will automatically remove you from their email list. But that's not necessarily true.

If it's a legitimate business like Amazon.com or CNN.com, the emails will probably stop.

But if it's someone who doesn't have the best intentions, your reply will only confirm that your email address is a valid one.

Then you may end up getting a lot more in the way of spam emails from all sorts of companies.

Some of those may end up being phishing emails that try to get you to reveal personal information about yourself.

One local computer expert says the best advice is to not open those emails.

"If it's something you did not ask for comes to you, if you don't recognize the sender and you didn't ask for it, delete it or put it in your junk email," Tom Chedester of eAugusta.net said.

If you report those emails as spam to your email service provider, they can usually keep that sender from sending you more spam.

Either way, just continue to be very wary of emails that come to you from addresses you don't recognize.

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