How do you react to spam?
I suspect that when we hit the 'remove' link on spam messages all we are doing is confirming that the email address is alive and well.
Consequently it gets sold to another few thousand spammers.
I don't this the spam reporting facilities ever get around catching spammers either.
How do you deal with your spam?
I typically just delete it, and that's about it. I don't even like opening up the email if I think it is a spam email. I try my best to stay away from them at all times possible.
I move my spam to my junk folder every time.
And I primarily groan and whine a little each time I have to move more spam to junk.
Hitting the "junk" option will put that particular domain on a black list, not just the one email address, so once they get enough "complaints" they will no longer be able to send from that entire domain. It won't happen with just one complaint, so the best bet is to continue moving the addresses to "junk".
The only links that will most likely "remove" you from a list are links associated with email newsletter companies such as iContact and Constant Contact. The links within spam are indeed verifying your email is active, and selling it seconds later.
If anything, at least the emails won't show up in your inbox anymore to have to sift through. Also - you can have your junk mail folder on a delete schedule so that it will automatically delete every few days... this way you don't actually have to open any emails that may be hazardous.
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