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Preventing Junk Mail or Email Spam

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There are ways to protect your email address from the frustration of unsolicited junk email, and sometimes you just need to start over. This page is about preventing junk mail or email spam.


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By 1 found this helpful
June 25, 2010

To quickly get rid of a lot of the spam in your email box, just do this. As you check your new mail, go down the list and check the little box next to the spam mail as you go down the list. When done, hit 'delete' or 'spam' at the bottom of the page to remove all the spam emails at once. It only takes a minute of two, and you'd be surprised how much junk mail you get rid of this way.

By lara from Portland, OR

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August 24, 20040 found this helpful

I received a forwarded email about the cost of prescription drugs last night from a relative. The subject was "Subject: Drug Costs" and went on to say "The women who signed below are Budget Analysts out of federal Washington, D.C. offices."

There was a person mentioned in the bottom of the email from a government office so I emailed her and asked if she could verify what was in the email. She told me that it was just something that she had forwarded on a long time ago and now was considered the source of the information. She receives lots of emails a day about it.


There is a good website for checking out those "Send to everyone you know." emails. It is called Break the Chain.

This one in particular is covered at:

Be sure and do your own research on chain letters before you pass them on. There are letters that have been circulating for years and years. You also can become the source of the information like this woman did when all you do is send it on. So many people leave the trail of email addresses where it has been sent before on their messages.

As far as internet scams are concerned, there are plenty. If you think something is a scam go to:

It's best to be very cautious about forwarding. There is so much misinformation out there.

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January 24, 20060 found this helpful

I have more than 8 different email addresses, split between cable provider, hotmail and gmail. With all accounts combined, I still get less than one spam per day - combined!


Pick a name that is unique. If you pick a name and have spam the very next day, chances are that someone has contaminated the user name before you. Put something in front of the name...
something like...


things that spambots aren't likely to come up with

Use one account as your "junk" account. Use that one to sign up for stuff on the internet.

Never post your email address online. If you must, you should post only your junk account (disposable when spam gets out of hand) in the following format...

myemail at myprovider dot com

Then instruct readers to change at to @ and dot to . and remove spaces. This thwarts the majority of spambots.

Give your "private" email address only to persons you know, not to companies unless you have tested them on a separate email address for spam first. Have a second account that you use for certain registrations and newsletters AFTER testing them on your junk account. Test them for 2 months before allowing them to know your "private" email address.

When your 'disposable' junk account starts accumulating spam, dump it for another.

By beanygurl from Winnipeg, Canada

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By 1 found this helpful
August 7, 2007

Hello Frugal friends,

I was wanting to know why all my junk mail isn't going into my junk mail folder, it always goes into my inbox. That's a pain to separate all the time. Thanks for all the advice, I appreciate it all.


August 8, 20070 found this helpful

Teresa, I don't know which your e-mail carrier you have, but Yahoo, MyWay and Hotmail allow you to mark junk e-mail as "spam" (or "junk" in Hotmail). I do that everytime spam gets into my "inbox" and pretty soon, you have a fairly junk free inbox.


There are always one or 2 that slip through from time to time. On the other hand, you also need to check your junk folder to make sure "good" e-mail didn't slip in there....I've had that happen several times, too.

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August 9, 20070 found this helpful

I have Hotmail
When you click on mail on the right side you will see OPTIONS l HELP
Click on options, then Junk E Mail Protection, then Junk E Mail Filter.
You now have 3 options: Low, Enchanced, Exclusive
Click on the one that you think will be best.
I have Exclusive and very rarely get junk mail in my inbox.
Always check you junk mail before you delete it for e-mails that you want to receive in your inbox.
Any e-mails in your junk mail that you want to receive in your inbox check the box beside it and click on not junk, then you can add it to your contacts or to a safe list and they will always go directly to your inbox.


We are allowed 200 addresses on our safe list on Hotmail.
If you don't have hotmail look for OPTIONS or something similar when you sign in or open your mail.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 27, 2012

I keep getting spam from one place that's trying to sell something. I use the filter in Yahoo mail, but that doesn't stop them from continuing to send me mail. In the "sender" field or the "subject" field they just add certain numbers or characters and the spam continues to get through.

If I could figure out which of my mail accounts they are sending it to I could delete that account. Without opening the spam I can't tell which of my mail accounts it's using. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated as every day I get spam from them trying to sell me Viagra.

By Betty from Lubbock, TX


January 27, 20120 found this helpful

If you have a hotmail account you can use the sweep feature to rid yourself of pests. Everything which isn't from someone on my contact list goes to junk. I go in there periodically to sweep everything and it will block the addresses

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January 28, 20120 found this helpful

Try setting up a separate yahoo, hotmail, gmail, etc. account & use only that when giving out your e-mail addy on the net. I did that several years ago & check the account only about 2-3 times a week OR a little more if I know I've recently used that account on a website. Am sure it seems to some like more than they care about doing however it's amazing how much garbage ends up in the alternate account. Major upside is there hasn't been a bit of spam in either my husband's main or my own main account for years.

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January 28, 20120 found this helpful

If it's on Yahoo, do you use the "report spam" feature? I get loads of those viagra emails but the spam filter usually catches them all. If that's not helping maybe you could try contacting Yahoo directly about the problem.

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January 28, 20120 found this helpful

I am not familiar with Yahoo mail but I can tell you of a couple features that may be available to you.

Subject deletion - You can set up email to be automatically deleted if an email shows up with a particular subject, like viagra. I had an account that I used for website information. I never emailed anybody from that site so I made a rule that any email received with RE: in the subject would be deleted automatically. Since I never expected and email reply from anyone this eliminated many unwanted emails.

Contacts only - this feature allows for emails to stay in the in box if the sender is part of the contact list. I think this was mentioned above.

From Deletion - I have received junk mail from sources that list my own email address as the sender. I use this function to automatically delete any emails that supposedly come from my own email address.

Unsubscribe - one factor that many people don't even look for is many of these emails have an option to "unsubscribe" from the email list. This is usually at the bottom of the email and sometimes it is part of a graphic so you have to load the entire email before you see it. 90% of the time this works. The other 10% usually puts you on a confirmed email list that is sold to other companies. Not a perfect solution but 9 out of 10 times it works.

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January 29, 20120 found this helpful

if you direct multiple accounts to send email to one specific account: in that specific account, set up folders for each of your accounts and set up a rule that directs one receipent to each folder. it will quickly become obvious which email address is receiving the spam and you can deal with it accordingly.

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