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Spam often includes an unsubscribe link, yet you were never subscribed in the first place. "Unsubscribing" will likely only make matters worse.
I am receiving a lot of unwanted e-mails from diet pills to pet supplies and I don't want to keep deleting 100 e-mails every time I check my mail. I hate going into each e-mail one-by-one to unsubscribe and I don't know how safe it is for me to open those e-mails in the first place. I was wondering is there an easy free way to unsubscribe without needing to open the e-mail.
I know that it's confusing, but there are emails that you should unsubscribe from, and emails that you absolutely should never unsubscribe from.
I'll explain why that is, and what the relatively simple rules turn out to be.
What you are getting is most likely spam. Spam is sent to random email addresses. You haven't been "subscribed" - you're just getting it like many people do: at random.
Since you haven't been subscribed, there's nothing really to unsubscribe from, and doing so will not help.
In fact, it'll likely make matters worse.
You might be asking "if I'm not subscribed, then why is there an unsubscribe link?".
Like I said, spam is sent out at random and to email addresses that are both legitimate and not. The act of clicking that "unsubscribe" link actually confirms to the spammer that the address that reached you is a real email address with a real person.
And once they know that the email address is legitimate, they'll start sending you MORE, not less, spam.
"Unsubscribing" from spam will only get you more spam.
As a newsletter publisher myself, I do want to emphasize that when you're ready to stop a legitimate mailing, you do want to use the unsubscribe link - do not click "this is spam". When you click on "this is spam" for legitimate email that may cause other people - people who want it - to stop getting it.
So there are things that you should unsubscribe from, and there are things that you should never unsubscribe from.
The rules are actually fairly simple:
If you subscribed to a newsletter, clicked "yes, send me more info" or have some kind of a business relationship with the entity sending you email, then it's probably legitimate mail and you should use the unsubscribe link.
If you've never heard of the sender and have no relationship with whatever is being promoted or discussed in the email then it's likely spam and you should not use the unsubscribe link.
It's unfortunate that we even have to think about these things, but the fact is spam continues to be a problem. Fortunately, a few moments of thought ("is this email legitimate?") and the simple rules above should make it fairly clear on when it is, and is not, safe to unsubscribe.
For the spam, look into any of a number of anti-spam solutions and/or filters provided by your email program or ISP.
And never use the "This is Spam" button on email that you asked for.
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