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What can I do to
keep spammers from getting my email address?
Since spammers do
not usually get your email address directly from you, but rather indirectly
via the web or other service, there is no truly direct way to keep a spammer
from getting your email address. However, there are many steps you can
take to make it difficult for a spammer to find your email address on
the web: Don't publish your email on the web:
- The only way to
keep your email address truly private is to not publish it on the web
in any form. This is usually not a very feasible option, because many
of us would like people who want to access your email address for legitimate
reasons find it. Once one spammer gets your email address, it is usually
resold hundreds of times over on a convenient cd as you have probably
already seen advertised through spammers -- your email address is on
that cd if you got the advertisement. Note: If you must include your
email address on your website or use it to sign up for services, use
only one email address. Otherwise, you are signing up for spam email
for each email address you expose.
- Be conservative
with who you give your information to: Many websites and online services
these days will ask you for your email address when you register or
visit their site. If you do sign up with any of these services, make
sure that they have a privacy statement that will ensure that your email
address is not given out to anyone that you don't want it to be given
out to. Note: Do not believe it. Trust nobody. Chances are that your
email address is shared with other companies and some of those companies
will resell your email address to spammers.
- DO NOT reply to
spam emails: Although it may sometimes be tempting to reply out of anger
or frustration to an unsolicited email attacking the sender, it can
sometimes lead to more serious problems. First, your email address may
be sent to other spammers using the same email account, causing your
email address to appear on more lists, and give you more spam mail.
Also, if the account name that the spammer is using is actually someone
else's (this is easy to do), you may be sending an unsuspecting computer
user an unnecessary email. Spammers don't want spam either and they
could care less if you are offended.
If you need
to email us - and we encourage you, our potential customer to do so,
please send the email to info [at sign] emilysgifts.com
Gifts believes that Spammers are ruining the Internet!
be assured that we will never, ever give your email address to anyone...SPAM
is our pet peeve!
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