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Do Not ‘Unsubscribe’ From Illicit Spam Emails

December 21, 2021 9:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Spammers are just plain bad news, and they are doing their best to capture your private information. This is why it is crucial that you do not ‘Unsubscribe’ from illicit spam emails.

Don’t Click on Spam Emails or Texts

That is precisely what hackers want you to do. For example, click on unsubscribe at the bottom of a bogus email, and the hacker is like a vulture just waiting to hear from you so they can capture your information. The same goes for you texting back on your cell phone. Don’t type in “Stop.” I don’t know about you, but I can just picture an evil person that is the hacker jumping around in glee that he got you.

You may remember the post we shared regarding 5 Easy Ways to Avoid Spam. These tips are essential for you to remember.

According to Lifehacker, There’s a difference between illicit spam sending you malware links and selling fake insurance rates, versus that newsletter you signed up for and may no longer want, and in this case we’re referring to the former. As these spammers blast out millions of texts or emails every day, they aren’t actually targeting you specifically—in fact, they might not know if your email or phone number is even valid. They are looking for signs of an active account, however, as a valid email address or phone number is valuable for conducting further scams. By toggling “unsubscribe” or replying in any way, you validate your contact information and risk inviting even more spam.”

So What Can You Do with Spam?

Let’s give you two examples of emails. One type you want to avoid is a difference between newsletters that you have signed up for and want to possibly discontinue and illicit spam with malware links and even selling fake insurance rates. This latter example is the one you need to avoid.
As spammers typically blast out millions of texts or emails every day, they aren’t going after you specifically. They are looking for an active account. The best thing you can do is ignore spam emails or texts.

When you get a spam email, mark it as spam and delete it before opening it. Likewise, with texts, you can delete them without replying and block the number. If you are technologically skilled, the FTC recommends reporting spam messages by forwarding them to 7726 (SPAM). Below are some other things you can do to protect your privacy.

Additional Tips

Spammers scrape blog posts, chat rooms, social networking sites, and forums.* Do not display your email address in public. In this case, being invisible is a good solution.
* Use two email addresses—one for personal messages and one for everything else. Ideally, this second public-facing email address should be one you are willing to delete one day if needed.
* Use a truly original address that’s unlikely to be created by spammers. Let your creativity blossom. Email addresses that are not easy to guess mean that spammers can’t easily crack the code.
* Learn how to spot online spam by checking out our post, How to Spot an Online Scam.

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