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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ghrit, Jul 6, 2009.

  1. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Dunno about the rest of the world, but I'm getting a long term average of just over 150 UCE every day, peaking mid week at roughly 250. Dot gov is doing zero about it, and there is good reason why they aren't and shouldn't with the real adverts. (Scams and phishing are a different story, of course.) A lot of it is just like the mailbox grocery flyers, legitimate advertising however unwanted clutter. The main difference to me is that I can throw the whole flyer away at once, no need to heave each of the sale items separately one at a time as has to be done with the inbox junk. Yeah, it aint much effort, but takes time. "Delete" is worn off the key on my keyboard, even dimmer than the "E".

    My ISP has a pretty decent junk mail filter. I have it set to the "most aggressive" filtering position, and it hasn't captured but one or two messages it should have let thru over the last two years. Stops about 98% of junk from getting thru. But these turds are getting craftier and craftier, and the junk catcher on my machine letting more and more into the inbox rather than shunting it off to trash.

    If I could, I would cheerfully disembowel every get rich quick operator that sells ads to the poor suckers to distribute. Then, those that fall for those schemes should be made to spend a year re-typing the ads before deleting them. A few thousand a day from their one and only inbox would get their attention and prevent recidivism.

    So who do YOU hate the most for spam? For me, there is a special place in hell for John Cummuta and those that use Matt Saunders' name. Others, then, in no particular order:
    Diploma and certificate mills, most recently DeVry. I've got all I need. Earned.
    Anything with ACAI (or other miracle cures) in it.
    Cheap drugs.
    Weight loss. (My BMI is 21.)
    Pimsleur. I have two languages already and a smattering of others.
    Fast grass and it's cohorts. I have weeds that grow quite fast enough.
    All kinds of insurance. I've got it covered.
    Make money with e-Bay kits.
    Training for medical transcriptionist or whatever they are calling it.
    Credit info you can pay them to get for you when you can get it for free.
    And the very latest up to datest, new kitchen cabinets.

    What's yours?
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    My pet peeve is spam that offers miracle grow for my pecker. I used to send them a no thank you note, citing the amount of problems that it has caused me over the years and would express interest in something that might make it lss bothersome.
  3. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Pfizer (Viagra) ads is the most prevalant junk mail getting through my ISP junk mail filter. Medical Billing and Healthcare Programs along with porn ads, oppurtunites for education (Get your Diploma, Certificate....), get rich schemes are getting through the ISP junk mail filter also.

    Most of these e-mails aren't even my e-mail address but do have my first name in them or part of my e-mail address. I never did understand how these get through, very frustrating to say the least. I have my settings on most aggressive and still get this stuff.

    I'm getting about 10 unwanted e-mails a day that the junk mail filter isn't stopping. As far as how many a day are in the junk mail filter varies day to day.

    I have been apprehensive to Unsubscribe to any e-mails that say "Click Here" to unsubscribe. I don't trust them and figured this was a way for them to send me more crap I don't want.

    Every one of Pfizer (Viagra) ads say the following and I've never subscribed to MSN.

    About this mailing:
    You are receiving this e-mail because you subscribed to MSN Featured Offers. If you do not wish to receive this MSN Featured Offers e-mail, please click the "Unsubscribe" link below. This will not unsubscribe you from e-mail communications from third-party advertisers that may appear in MSN Feature Offers. This shall not constitute an offer by MSN. MSN shall not be responsible or liable for the advertisers' content nor any of the goods or service advertised. Prices and item availability subject to change without notice.
  4. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    I am the last one who should give computer advice in any way shape or form! I will make only one statement that I know holds true for me. First off I am all over the internet daily making searches or whatever. When I don't purge cookies once daily my quanity of spam total whether routed to my spam folder of inbox grows like a pyramid scheme.... compounding on itself daily. When I purge cookies daily it totally about 25 to 30 messages I delete without opening also daily. honest to God .... when I had my computer in the shop for almost a week, the daily spam messages had grown to almost 300 daily. I know this is fact for me as I am set up. If I could stop them all and never get any spam again, I would be very happy!!! JMHO of course
  5. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Adventure Riding Monkey Founding Member

    The ones I hate most are the Mortgage Loan ads, especially when they claim that I QUALIFY due to my mortgage history......

    I have NEVER had a mortgage! I bought my property straight out. No loans. Well, I do pay to my Dad, who fronted me the money - but ain't nothin' on paper! Handshake agreement, like in the good ol' days.

    Then the danged Auto Warranty scam. My little car is nearly twenty years old, my bike is five - both long paid off. NO warranty needed - I do my own work.

    Haven't got the 'extend your member' ads in awhile. Don't need that either...... :rolleyes:
  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Viagra last two days I've been fighting a "nekkid facebook" popup, keeps reinstalling itself....even unwanted family fwd/fwd/fwd and chain emails drive me nuts. Cutesey "send this to thirteen people orelse": nah...I don't think so.[beat][beat][beat][troll]
  7. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    My favorite marketter is the phone solicitation:" hello this is Rachael with card holder services; there are currently no problems with your account"...I don't know what comes next because I 'm holding the phone away from my ear yelling "GREAT!!!! SO QUIT F'IN CALLING ME! TAKE MY NAME OFF YOUR LIST!
  8. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Moderator Moderator Founding Member

    I "like" the calls from some company that say "you qualify for reducing your interest rate on your credit cards, please stay on the line...."

    Hmm, last time I checked I don't have any credit cards, none, zip, nada, I currently then have 0% interest, if they can do better, I'm all ears.

    So I wait on the line. When the "human" answers and asks if I would like to reduce my interest rate I say "Sure, can you do better than 0%", or "I would love to, but I have so many cards in my name, I don't know which company you are with."
    I try to string them along as long as I can, but they usually hang up on me LOL
  9. QuietOne

    QuietOne Monkey++

    Never click on an "unsubscribe" in a spam. That just tells them that you're a real address. They sell the addresses to each other.

    Get a disposable email account. Try http://mail.google.com http://mail.yahoo.com look at http://email.about.com/od/disposableemailservices/tp/disposable.htm or just Google "disposable email". Note that some spam sites give away free email accounts just to get your personal info.

    Phone calls? Use some imagination. "This is the district office of the attorney-general of the state of ___. May I ask the phone number of your legal department?"
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