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you paid to add your address to a "Global spam remove" service, yet your
spam volume only seems to be increasing? Here's why.
Services are at best a scam and at worst a 'live address' confirmation
system for the spammer. Often Spam Unsubscribe services pretend to be
"anti-spam" sites and claim to be able to remove your address from
spammers' lists, for a fee of course. Some pretend to be affiliated with
government consumer protection agencies or antispam organizations. None
are, they are all scams designed to separate you from your money.
Facts about "Address
Remove Lists are operated by conmen. Any system that wants money in
exchange for 'removing' your address from spammers' lists, is a scam,
you should report it to your State Attorney General's office.
marketing firm will ever operate a Remove List or use a 3rd party Remove
List, because no legitimate marketing firm sends Unsolicited Bulk Email
in the first place.
There are many
hundreds of millions of email addresses on the Internet, none of whom
want spam. A 'remove list' database that could hold that volume of
addresses would take each spammer days to 'wash' their lists against it
- and at the end each spammer's list would be practically empty. Can you
imagine spammers doing this? Spammers add thousands of traded or
harvested addresses to their lists every day and would therefore have to
keep washing their lists every day against the "Global Remove List" to
ensure previously-removed addresses have not simply been imported back
on. Can you imagine spammers doing this?
No spammer would
ever use a "global" or "unified remove list" because all spammers
believe that people who remove themselves from other spammers lists
would not have removed themselves from theirs, since all spammers
believe the junk they send is different from the junk other spammers
What about the Direct
Marketing Association's spam opt-out service, eMPS?
The (American) Direct
Marketing Association ("The DMA") is a pro-spam group, not an anti-spam
group, whose mission is to advance the interests of junk email senders.
The DMA is an out-of-touch but well-funded association that lobbies
against anti-spam laws in the United States. The position of the DMA is
that "spam is freedom of commercial speech", and that the rights of
their members to send you spam override your rights to not have your
private email mailbox filled with unwanted spam at your expense. The DMA
therefore advocate Opt-out (spamming) instead of Opt-in
The DMA's opt-out E-mail
Preference Service (eMPS)
is mostly a sham to pretend to U.S. Congress that spammers can
self-regulate themselves. It will not get you off any spammers lists so
don't waste your time.
Spamhaus knows of no U.S.
firm using the DMA's eMPS service that isn't automaticallly
by definition a firm
sending spam, since the sole reason for users to need to opt-out of bulk
email advertising they did not opt-in to is because the sender is
sending without consent, i.e: any DMA member that is using eMPS is using
it because he is sending Unsolicited Bulk Email, i.e: Spam. The sending
of UBE is against the terms of service of all Internet Service
Providers, against the laws of Europe and Australia, and is grounds for
listing the Sender on the Spamhaus Block List (SBL).
opinion above we stress "American DMA" because only the Amercian Direct
Marketing Association supports and advocates spamming. Many other
countries DMA organizations do not support the views of the American DMA
and instead work with legislators and anti-spam groups to eradicate
spam, not further it. Spamhaus has only the highest praise for
forward-thinking organizations such as the Australian DMA who were
instrumental in lobbying in favor of Australia's effective opt-in
The Spamhaus Project.
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