For about 3 years, I have used one particular emal address for online purchases, like those from major retailers. The address was also used for a few email newsletters, like one from an architecture news site I favor. Well, all was going along well with this address until recently. It seems the maibots have found me. I am now starting to get the junk mail fof the Verify Your Bank Account Immediately variety, along with the usual lot of spammers and scammers. The source? I think a political site in the USA where I stupidly signed up for a newsletter using that address. Luckily, my private and primary email is still secure.
So what happens next? Well, I'll see how bad it gets. If I get bombarded again, I'll slowly shift my online commerce identities to a new address. What an exercise in sheer frustration, and a complete wast of time, trying to clear this junk out everyday. I abhor these entities that prey on unknowing people. Share your junk mail stories if you like!
I think the greatest source of spam and junk mail comes from forwarding chain emails. The ones who start all these chain letters with promises of riches or threats of destruction just sit back and wait for them to come around so that they now have a whole list of valid email addresses. If you must forward email, copy and past the part you want to send into a new email to send, if everyone did that, I think the spam would be cut in half.
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