Your EMAIL address has BEEN successfully UNSUBSCRIBED

United States
June 3, 2007 8:06am CST
Going through my spam folder in my email program this morning (which was overloaded, as usual), and unsubscribing to the 100's of offers that are sent to me (mainly by one company it seems) I am entering my email address and wondering if it is being sold as I am entering it, or if this is truly working, as I check back to my email I notice that I have done several of these, yet my spam folder is not moving down from the number that I have deleted. So is this helping or hurting my ability to cut back on the amount of spam I receive? What do you think?
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16 responses
@gberlin (3836)
3 Jun 07
I used to unsubscribe all the time and then it hit me that they were probably selling my email address to others. So I quit the unsubscribing. It is not hard for me to just use the delete key.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I hate that they sell our names for spam, I wish we could stop that on the internet, thanks for stopping by, it is always appreciated.
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@Sir_bobby88 (8245)
• Singapore
3 Jun 07
yea i had this problem too , the spam dosen't seems to stop prehaps you should report it to hotmail adminstrator to see what they can do to help you with that yea , prehaps they can block a ip address from sending you anything yea
• United States
3 Jun 07
It is not a hotmail account, but a yahoo one, and since it is free I doubt they would do anything extra to help me, but thanks for the thought, it is greatly appreciated.
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@lzjilbb (425)
• China
3 Jun 07
I just unsubscribe every spam like mail right after I receive. And I think it really works coz almost no more such mail sent to me any more.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
That is great for you, thanks for responding, it is always appreciated.
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• Singapore
3 Jun 07
Actually, you might be making it worse. If where you unsubscribe from is a spam company, you are just going to confirm that your email is LIVE. And so, you will find that you will now received more spam than ever - thanks to your "unsubscription".
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Yeah I was beginning to think it was since my emails were getting more in volume, than decreasing with my efforts. Thanks for your input, it is always appreciated.
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@mugzy528 (801)
• United States
3 Jun 07
Some spammers want you to reply with and unsubscrib to see if you have this email I usally just delete them or bounce them back to them. I have Incredimail and love it because I can bounce the message back to the person that sent it to me looking like there is no such address. Have a Great Day/Night.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
I would be interested in that link to Incredimail, I have never heard of it. Thanks for your input, it is always appreciated.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
3 Jun 07
That matches the information that I learned from an internet business book I bought. When you put yourself on an unsubscribe or do not contact list, the holders of that list make money by reselling your name. Some internet providers will offer you a chance to set up filters from the sign up page, for instance, I can put ten or fifteen on yahoo. Those e-mails that meet that criteria go straight to my bulk, along with the rest of my spam. I set it to self delete every week, without even seeing them. I can go look if I want to, or I think something I want is blocked. I do not know how other internet providers do this.
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@winky73 (1396)
• United States
19 Jun 07
Looks like some people told you that already....but if you do the unsubscribe....you confirm your email with them and the spam messages just will keep on getting more and more. Here is a discussion I came across a while ago and let me tell you it works...in just a few days I got less spam in my inbox. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/1015869.aspx
• Canada
19 Jun 07
I don`t think it really matters what you do in the spam folder I don`t know though ... I don`t have a problem with it really so I can`t say ... Sorry ...
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I have always heard from consumer people that if you try to unsubscribe from something you will just get more junk because they will know then that your e-mail address is valid. Also becareful when you sign up for offers and subscriptions because they frequently have hidden extra mailings that you miss. Some have boxes asking if you want this or that offer/mailing. You have to be sure to say no. According to most consumer people I have read they say just delete dont unsubscribe.
@whyaskq (7532)
• Singapore
4 Jun 07
In my case, some are successfully unsubscribed. However, I have reason to believe that some take the unsubscribe activity to ascertain that the email is valid. In this case, spams will not be reduced but increased. I just create a filter to delete any email which I consider spams.
@suman76 (648)
• India
4 Jun 07
One should not keep any thing which is not relevant in their folders. Who should only subscribe that thing which you really feel that you will get the knowledge from that. Otherwise a bulk of mail be create slowness inthe computer.
• United States
4 Jun 07
yes i hate to have alot of spam email in my email address. I just delete it and get rid of it. Smart move by unsubscribed the email from coming back to you email address. I don't get spam in my inbox just in my bulk space where the spam mail is label spam mail thank god for the person who make that because it works great for me!
@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
4 Jun 07
I have to agree with others here and say that you are, in fact, just making it worse and confirming to the spammers that your address is "live". It's best to just ignore and delete them. Maybe you can set up an account that just for spam purposes (like signing up for things) and one that's for personal use like for family and friends.
@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
4 Jun 07
This is an ongoing issue with spam. Yes, email addresses are sold. I foundd that there are onkly two options. One, is what you are doing, & that is using the unsubscribed link. The second, is to put a block on your address. The second only works if it is the same address that is sending to you. If you consistently do both of the above, you will eventually stop most of the spam. Of course, in future, be very careful where you give out your address.
@magica (3710)
• Bulgaria
4 Jun 07
In fact when you "unsubscribe" you just confirm that your email is real and they will continue to send spam. The other problem is that when you write to most of them to ask to stop flood your mailbox-arround 95% of the emails are not real. So in fact you just confirm your valid email:-(
• Morocco
4 Jun 07
oh spammer should be in jail me too i have almost 100 message a day obvuasly someone sell my email to a spammer and that one sell it to another the best thing to do change your email like i did