I Keep On Getting Weird Emails Trying To Sell Me Stuff

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c_l_n

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:mad: I keep on getting emails with people trying to sell me Viagra and Cialis. WHAT THE HELL?!?!? :eek:

I mark them as junk, but the keep on coming from different email adresses, and from different senders. :confused:

First of all, what did I do to Obtain these emails?
and second of all, what can i do to permanently stop these emails?

I don't do anything illegal/inappropiate on the internet

I posted on techguy.com because i knew there are a lot of smart, helpful people here

thanks!
 
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Not too much you can do. Spam blockers work to some extent, but the spammers get smarter and know how to get around them. You could try adding filters to your email filtering program, if you have one. Just removing mails that contain the words "Cialis" or "Viagra" may help, but then they get around those by misspelling the words.

So, call your congressman or parliamentary representative. Do not try to unsubscribe from these since that is really just a verification for them that your email is valid. You could also try reporting these guys to your ISP or their ISP's, but this only helps in a small percentage of cases.

As for where they got your address? Could be anywhere. They sell email lists, bots scan the net for addresses, some just send out to randomly generated addresses hoping that many will be real addresses.

Just keep pressing DELETE. :-D
 

c_l_n

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thanks for the great advice Elvandil!...but who you kinda lost me at the "So, call your congressman or parliamentary representative," then i got back on track XD
 
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If you find any better solutions, please let the world know. Even laws against this stuff have had little effect because so much money is there to be made. If 1/2 of 1% of recipients fall for the offer, millions can be made, enough to move to a new location and ISP.
 

c_l_n

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ARRGGHH! this problem is getting worse! now, the emails are comming in at like 3 per day!
I tried to block emails with "viagra" but now the emails are coming in with it spelt as vaigra
I blocked that too, but now, they are coming in spelt as \/iagra, \/aigra \/[email protected] and so on
they are even coming from names on my contact list, so i dont hesitate to open, but the email adress it is coming from does not match up with the contact list's persons real email adress. does anyone else have any other suggestions?
 
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