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repeating spam mail

by leontis / March 4, 2007 5:07 AM PST

I use Windows XP and Outlook 2003. I have recently started to receive large amounts of repeat emails with the same titles such as Weight Loss, Gift Cards, etc.When I open the emails and try to use the unsubscribe link I always get ?this page cannot be displayed?. In fact even if I go to any other link in these emails I still get the same message.

Below are the 4 most common emails I have been getting and their usubscribe links. I would really appreciate any advice on how to get the links to open so I can unsubscribe or how to stop these emails from coming.

1) From: Weight_Loss [Weight_Loss@realestateflyerlistings.com]
This email was sent to you by All Free Stuff, on behalf of our advertising partner . You have received this email because in the past you expressed interest in receiving communications about deals, discounts and free stuff. Removal instructions are below if you wish to unsubscribe.
UNSUBSCRIBE: To unsubscribe from nutrisystem.com email, use the following link and enter the address you care to remove:

2) From: 500_GiftCards [500_GiftCards@contestsandfreestuff.com]
Unsubscribe link:

3) Sweeps_USA [Sweeps_USA@contestsandfreestuff.com]
Unsubscribe link:

4) Free_Poker [Free_Poker@contestsandfreestuff.com]
Unsubscribe Link:

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 4, 2007 5:29 AM PST
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Most are spyware ridden if not trojans ready to install on your system to (gasp?) inundate you with more ads or worse.

If you don't want spam then you'll get a lot of advice. I'll share what I use.



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(NT) I will second what Bob said.
by roddy32 / March 4, 2007 6:45 AM PST
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(NT) And I will second what roddy says :)
by tomron / March 4, 2007 6:50 AM PST
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(NT) And I hope no one clicks the above links!
by glenn30 / March 4, 2007 6:58 AM PST
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(NT) I second what Glenn says :)
by tomron / March 4, 2007 7:26 AM PST
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A different suggestion .......
by Carol~ Moderator / March 4, 2007 9:02 AM PST
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I noticed you posted a few threads since last December, regarding the same issue. The same advice was given. One person in particular had suggested, ' If you make the mistake of clicking on the "Unsubscribe" button in a spam letter, you let the spammer know you actually opened it. Instead of getting unsubscribed, you get more spam than ever!!!'

My suggestion would be to follow the advice people have given you here and also in the past. As someone once said, "If you continue to do what you do.. you'll continue to get what you get". Or something like that. Wink

Best of luck to you..

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Making Rules in Outlook
by awiekupo / March 4, 2007 12:22 PM PST
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Others are Right! Slightly Different Advice for Hotmail....
by tobeach / March 4, 2007 3:42 PM PST
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I had similar problems with junk mail at Hotmail (about 20-30/day). Although I new better than to click on those E-mails or even "Delete" them un-opened
(since that would let them know they'd hit a live address and send more), I would just "empty" folder and at pop-up saying "to check here to notify Hotmail that these are spam" so as to improve their filters, I would check the box!! Stupid Me!! I suspect they just notified the sender that they were spam and would be blocked if they didn't pay for access!

Anyway, as things were getting worse & worse, with even more from the same senders, I got smarter.... I started just emptying the folder without "notifying Hotmail" and within 1 week ,spam reduced by 1/3rd. By second week ... another 1/3rd. At end of 1 month I was averaging only 1 e-mail/day, and by 2nd month often had none for 2 or more days in a row. I NEVER notify Hotmail now!! In fact you don't even need to empty (according to Hotmail after 5 days they empty automatically) if you're willing to take their word for it!! Draw your own conclusions!!

One last thought re ISP Mail: Never sign up for those freebie type things BUT IF YOU MUST....NEVER give your ISP addie ...only online addie at Hotmail, G-Mail, Yahoo! or whomever. Grin

P.S.: I may even give up Hotmail soon as they have recently started ADDING(without my approval!!) Live Links into my e-mails advertising various products/sites who (must?) pay them. This trashes any hope of mail security as recipients who trust me & open my posts may click on one of those live links thinking I sent or suggested the site by including it in my post!!! I can't even trust that those links aren't Phished!! After all, I wouldn't even see them (links)if I didn't mail myself or have a contacts forward back to me with complaints.
THIS AMOUNTS TO SELLING ACCESS TO MY CONTACTS' IN BOXES (by passing the supposed "junk mail filters").!! DevilAngry

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