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replying to junk mail

Jamie Robertson
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Joined: Jul 09, 2001
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When I get junk mail there is always the caption "To be removed from this list, just reply with the word remove." I am hesitant to do this because if I reply, I am afraid they are going to think "We have a response, fire out the complete line of junk mail!". Anybody know how this works. I would reply if I knew it would bet me off a mailing list. Just wondering if anyone knew or had any experiences with this?
Gregg Bolinger
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I do know that it usually takes a week or more for it to actually filter the removal from the system, so you will still get E-mails for at least a week. I also know that a lot of times when you reply to Junk E-mail, no matter what reason, you get added to more and more mailing lists. Because when you reply they think you need more junk mail from everyone.
The best thing that I have found is to either get a new E-mail address or find some sort of E-mail blocker and just keep adding these senders. I went from getting 60 E-mail to 3 or 4 a day by doing that.
Hope that helps.
Happy Coding,
Gregg Bolinger

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Theresa Faulkner
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Joined: Feb 21, 2001
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I was told to never reply to the "remove me from this list" from junk e-mail because it alerts them to the fact that it is a real e-mail being used by someone; therefore they keep mailing you.

I simply hit the "Block Sender" on my outlook. However, no matter what you do, these people can easily change their e-mail address and keep sending it to you.
Another thing I do is give my hotmail account to people I don't want to have my "real" e-mail address. That way if they share e-mail, a lot of the junk e-mail will go there. I just log onto my hotmail every so often when I have time and erase everything.
I supposedly have a "filter", but it doesn't seem to work.
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