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Should You Send
"Removes" back to Spammers?
keep clicking "remove" links in spams, sending back "remove me" requests
to spammers, yet your spam volume only seems to be increasing? Here's
Most spammers send out
anything from 1 million up to 100 million spams every day to address
lists scraped from all over the Internet, harvested from sites and
insecure mail servers, stolen from millions of computers using viruses
to grab the contents of users' address books, bought from other
spammers, from spam address list CDROMs, etc. Spammers do not know which
of the millions of addresses on their lists are real, which are working
or not, they're simply spraying adverts at every address they can find.
Then you send the spammer
a "remove me" message. Now he knows your address is real. And that's not
all he knows...
By sending back a
'remove me' opt-out request you are confirming to the spammer that
your address is live, you are confirming that your ISP doesn't use
spam filters, you are confirming that you actually open and read
spams, and that you follow the spammer's instructions such as "click
this to be removed". You are the perfect candidate for more spam.
A live address is a
valuable address, spammers sell live addresses at a premium as
"confirmed deliverable" addresses to yet more spammers. If you don't
want your address to end up on endless spammers' lists, distributed on
spam CDROMs to spammers worldwide, do not confirm to the spammer that
your address is real and working.
Never Opt-out of
lists you did not Opt-in to in the first place.
No ethical or responsible
company will ever send you unsolicited bulk email. Anyone sending you
unsolicited bulk email, no matter how legitimate it may look, is a
spammer. Anyone subscribing your email address to a mailing list without
your explicit verifiable consent, sending you unsolicited bulk mailings
telling you that you must "opt-out" or they'll keep sending, is in
breach of all recognized Internet Service Provider policies and in
breach of the law in countries where spamming is banned (Europe,
Never reply to spammers.
Instead, help yourself and others by filing a spam complaint with the
spammer's ISP. (if you don't know how to trace the spammer's ISP, use
SpamCop spam-reporting service to
file spam complaints for you.)
The Spamhaus Project.
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