Be extremely careful with your e-mail address
As we have said earlier in our guide How do they
get my address? it is nearly impossible to avoid ending up on a
spammers list. What you can do though is to try and limit the amount of spam
you do get.
One of the first methods you should employ is to be extremely careful with your
e-mail address. Be very careful about entering it onto any web form, if it is
not a compulsory field and you are not familiar with the website then don’t
give it out.
If you do have to give out your website on a web form, always make sure you
read their policies and tick the right options. They may have an option for you
to tick giving them permission to sell on your details, or maybe it’s an option
you have to un-tick. Make sure you read the form instructions.
Don’t post your website address on your own website.
If you have a website then try not to post your e-mail address on the site. A
better alternative is to use a web form for people to contact you, that way the
spammers cannot harvest your address from your site.
Don’t respond to spam e-mail
When you do receive spam (And it is definitely spam), never respond to it. If
you do you are letting the spammers know that your e-mail address is live and
active. They can then continue to spam you or even sell on your address to
other spammers! This doesn’t apply of course if the e-mail was from a well
known company such as Amazon, responding to their e-mail asking them to remove
you from their list will work fine.
Get an alternative account
If you do use web forums or other online forms then it may be wise to get
another e-mail address that you can use for these. Sign up for a free address
with Yahoo or Hotmail and then use this address when you fill in any form or
post to forums, keeping your original address for your friends and colleagues
Never buy anything from a spammer!
This is the big one! Never buy anything from spam e-mail. You are only helping
the spammers to send out more e-mail and make money from it! Remember most
spammers are criminals using stolen details and forged e-mail addresses – would
you really buy from someone like this in the street?
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