I disagree him on his view that you should never un-subscribe to junk mail. I have done it many times and it seems to lessen the spam, of which I get very little - The Webmaster

from: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0113action13.html

Don't buy and spam won't work

Rick DeBruhl
Jan. 13, 2003 12:00 AM

I have a diploma, I don't need my credit fixed and I'm not eager to hear about some new diet pill.

So why is my e-mail inbox being flooded with these ads every day?

Everyone calls it spam these days. Frankly, I think using that name is an insult to the mystery meat everyone loved to hate. Unsolicited junk e-mails are more than just annoying. Some of them are out to scam you. Others have porn that is offensive and often downright disturbing.

So how do you stop them?

Unfortunately, I don't have that answer. There are software programs to filter them, tricks to fool them and legislation proposed to hurt the people sending them. None of them seems to be able to stop all of the spam that's out there.

One estimate says that at the beginning of 2002, nearly 10 percent of all e-mail was spam. The latest estimate says the problem is much worse. One out of every three e-mails is an ad you didn't want trying to sell you something you probably don't need.

The Federal Trade Commission created 250 fake e-mail addresses and posted them in various places around the Internet. In six weeks, they generated 3,339 spam e-mails. The fastest showed up just nine minutes after one of the fake addresses was posted in a chat room.

You need to do everything you can to outsmart the spammers. Use at least two e-mail addresses. One you give to friends and family, the other for everyone else. Think of that second address as disposable. If the spammers start to overwhelm it, dump the address and get a new one.

Whatever you do, don't click "unsubscribe" at the bottom of that spam. While some companies may actually remove your name from their lists, others simply take it as proof that you exist. Your e-mail address has now been verified and they're going to go sell it to someone else. Your spam problem is about to get much worse.

Don't post your e-mail address anywhere on the Internet. Keep your address out of chat rooms. Don't post a profile while instant messaging. Use a separate screen name for online chatting or purchasing.

Get a good spam filter program and write to your lawmaker. Do everything you can to make the spammer's life more difficult.

And promise me one thing: Don't ever buy anything from a spam ad. Spam works because it costs almost nothing to send out literally millions of e-mails. The companies only need a small response rate to make it profitable. If we don't buy, spam doesn't work.

Reach Call 12 for Action from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays at (602) 260-1212 or 1-866-260-1212.

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