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How to Stop Spam!
You don't have to face an inbox full of porn, spam, scams and junk every day.  Here's how to stop it.

Do you receive lots of junk email messages from people you don't know? Offensive porn?  Lottery scams? Junk pushing "male enhancement", deliberately misspelled so your spam filters won't catch them?

There is a way to stop the spam and it won't cost you a penny.  Here's how, in 6 easy steps:

  1. Get a new email address.  Most ISPís (the phone or cable company that provides your internet connection) allows you to create from 5 to 10 email addresses at any moment.  If youíve run out of these, sign up for a free Yahoo or Gmail email account.  Even if you already have one, just sign up for another. You can call this address something like yourname4family. This will be your secret email address for trusted friends and family.
  2. Get another new email address.  That's right, you will need at least 2. Use a name like yourname4unknowns. This will be your general email address.
  3. In each address control panel, import names / email addresses from you existing contact lists. Both Yahoo and Gmail can import!  But delete anyone clueless or not trustworthy from the first email address's contact list - you don't ever want to send them a mail from there!
  4. Now, using the first email address, yourname4family@yahoo.com, send an email to your trusted closed friends and family.  Do not send it to
    1. casual acquaintances,
    2. people who are careless or clueless about using and maintaining anti-virus software on their computer,
    3. anyone who forwards email chain mails,
    4. anyone who sends out mass distributions with many email addresses in the TO or CC fields - that exposes your email address to people who you do not know.
    5. people, even family members, who seem to always have viruses and troubles with their computers
    6. anyone you don't know well
    7. any website sign-ups, mail lists, etc.

    Aside from your closest and most trustworthy, computer friends and family; Keep this email secret!!!!
     

  5. Now, the second email address is the one you give out to other friends and family, general use, when you need to sign up for a mailing, and anything else.
  6. Keep your old email address for a couple of months, until your sure that everyone is converted over to one of the two new email addresses. After that, you can ignore it, or discard it.

Now, you will find that your new secret email address will be spam-free! So will your second email address, although since you use this for more public sources and less intelligent friends; from their sloppy habits and virus-ridden computers will eventually harvest your second email address and pass it on to the scammers.

How do spammers get your email address?

Here's the real secret: there are many ways that spammers obtain your email address, but it is most commonly from malware on clueless friend's computers, that harvest every email address in their Outlook address book. That's why you must never tell them your secret email address!

When your second email address starts getting spam, just change it again.

Eventually even your first email address (the secret one) will be discovered by the spammers.  When that happens, just change it again - remember Yahoo and Gmail will give you as many email addresses as you want.  And one last secret - the spam filters that Gmail and Yahoo use are better than anything in Outlook!


For More Information

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

 


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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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