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Deluge of unsolicted newsletters

Three mornings ago I awakened to find over 1,500 unsolicited newsletters had come in to my yahoo email inbox. I've gotten 100-200 per day since then, with over 2,000 total so far. It is my email address in the "To:" line. Fortunately about half require I confirm my request to subscribe, so those will go away on their own, but I'm now starting to gradually "unsubscribe" from the others. Has this happened to anyone else? Any ideas how or why it happened? The only thing I did differently in the day before this started was to install ios9 on my ipad. The newsletter deluge started about 10-12 hours later. Is there any way to prevent this in the future? Thank you for any ideas and help.

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With Such SPAM....

....it may, or may not, be a good thing to "unsubscribe". Frequently, the "unsubscribe" button simply notifies the sender of the SPAM that there is a live person at the end of the email address they've sent something to. It usually means more spam from the sender.

Here, I simply delete them or if all are from a specific locations, I block the sender's address.

Hope this helps.

Grifg

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Any other ideas?

I'm now at over 2,500 unsolicited newsletters. They are from all over the world in many different languages. Many legitimate publications are among them, including USA Today, Detroit Free Press, and others, though most are names I've not heard of. The few unsubscribes I've done are for the legitimate publications, and the URLs that appear in the unsubscribe section appear legit. My questions are why and how this may have happened, is it happening to anyone else, and is there a way to stop it? Thank you.

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In Yahoo Mail, Mark Them as SPAM

...and that should prevent those from the same addresses from coming to your main inbox. Open the inbox in Yahoo Mail, RIGHT click on the junk mail, choose "This is SPAM" or "Filter email like this" and the "bad" messages should eventually all go to your SPAM folder where you can delete them quickly using the little trash can next to the folder name.

As to where they came from, it's most likely something you did recently, (visited a site, or purchased something, etc.), but there isn't always an easy way to find out. You might try deleting all cookies and Temporary Internet Files as they can sometimes have tracking abilities attached.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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could have made someone mad

No real way to know how it happened. I have seen this happened a few times before. There really is not much you can do other than designate them as spam so they will go straight to your spam folder

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Not obvious what the sender gains

It certainly isn't obvious why this deluge started unless some idiot has got hold of a bunch of email addresses and sees this as some kind of joke. Clearly, there is no chance you would attempt to read them, so where's the gain?

I agree with Grif, unsubscribing is usually not a good idea because it confirms an active address. Equally, it's unlikely you will ever trace the source.

What can you do about it? Flagging it as spam in your mail system will at least make it easier to bulk delete. Hopefully, whatever the source, it will eventually dry up but there is the possibility that it will not, in which case, your only alternative it to abandon this email address and set up a new one. This is a real pain in the proverbial but it may be the only way.

I don't have a Yahoo address, so I don't know what their policy is on this kind of thing but it may be worth contacting their customer service department to see if they have any advice.

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You have to employ filters

Following the instructions to unsubscribe not only does not work, it alerts the spammers that yours is a valid email address and just gets you more spam, sometimes a LOT more spam.

I use Thunderbird as my email client, and one of its nicest features is that it permits you to rely on anti-spam organizations like SpamAssassin (or choose from several others) to handle junk. You can also set up your own filters.

In my case, well, I never receive any legitimate email from outside the United States or Canada, so if it is not from .com, .org, (etc.) I filter it out -- it is a REALLY good idea at least to filter out .ru and .cn domains. I also filter out email where the subject contains common span keywords, things like "enlargement," or that appear to come from myself (weirdly, a lot of spam has the recipient account in the "From:" field), or for which the date is before yesterday's date.

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