Are you fed up with all the SPAM that arrives in your email box? It seems to be getting worse. I can plan on at least 20 pieces of SPAM and scams daily.
There are a few things that you can do to keep your email to a minimum. If your list of desired email senders is small, you can set up your email to discard any sender not on that list. This is a better approach than sending only particular email into the garbage box.
Consider this strategy for an elderly relative. Scammers are always looking for victims. An elderly relative might not be able to protect themselves. A list of preferred email senders will provide a first line of defense.
SPAM and scammers change their addresses frequently. A huge list of discards is not the most efficient way to manage your email. Send everything that doesn’t come from your list of preferred email to the discard box.
Don’t get too worried about email getting in the junk mail box or waste your time checking the discarded email. Your close relatives or friends will let you know if an important email is not answered. It is very doubtful that you will miss a notification that you have won a huge lottery pay off.
Check with your mail provider and ask what features your email offers to limit SPAM and scams. There are a lot of different ways to view email. Consider the features of your email system. Are you offered the protection that you need with your current email system?
Friends that include you in their distributions of “important” email are not doing you any favors. SPAMMERS look for distribution lists in email. It is easier to find email addresses with big distributions than building a SPAM list with individual email. There are a lot of urban legends forwarded in email. Check out any fantastic stories before you contribute to the “noise” on the Internet.
A “NO SOLICITORS” sign is a posted clearly near the door handle to my office but it doesn’t stop the sales people. Perhaps a “NO SOLICITORS” sign with an added phrase, “this means you, STUPID!” might be more effective? Sending a nasty response to any SPAM is not going to stop SPAM. You are actually enticing a solicitor.
The easiest strategy is to delete any email from an unknown sender but businesses don’t have that advantage. Last week, NKC Systems received 4 scam emails. Any business email should always be closely scrutinized before any action is taken.
Clicking on anything in a questionable email will not be an enjoyable experience. Don’t allow an email scammer to use your email to snare you.