How do I stop email spam when 'unsubscribe' is ignored?

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People,I need you help (advice).

I subscribed to email list,for a freebie (classic).
When I saw there's no value in it I unsubscribed.

No help from company that is providing service to him.
No help from blocking him (as I said,he just switches names/addresses).
No help from changing e-mail address (both e-mails are then on his spam list).


What can I do to get rid of this?
Any ideas,tips,suggestions?
#email #spam #stop #unsubscribe
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  • Profile picture of the author ncloud
    If unsubscribing doesn't work, I believe there is some way to blacklist senders you don't want to receive emails from. Not sure how to do it, but you could probably google it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jemo38
    Hi Lazar023,

    I had the exact same problem with a few email lists.

    If you receive these emails on gmail, you can filter them out easily using the block feature of gmail:
    1. Open the message.
    2. In the top right, click the Down arrow.
    3. Click Block [sender].
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    I'm not using Gmail,but anyway it doesn't help.

    I couldn't write in opening post,but I can't block him.
    I mean,I can,but it's no use.After a week he comes back with slightly changed name and address.

    That's why I wrote:
    No help from company that is providing service to him (I contacted his company,the biggest e-mail responder,but they are not answering me)
    No help from blocking him (as I said,he just switches names/addresses).
    No help from changing e-mail address (I do so,changed my e-mail address to his list,both now e-mails are then on his spam list).

    I contacted him also,but he doesn't stop.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    This is what I was telling you earlier - there is no magic answer. You can try blocking the IP's or name and eventually that may solve the problem.

    Every time you open an email - the sender knows you are 'looking' at it. If emails are not from person/company you recognize - ignore them - don't open them at all.
    An unopened spam email on your computer isn't harming you - send them to trash if you can't block them. It's spam and trying to fight it is often a waste of your time - because the spammer doesn't care what you want.

    This is why you don't sign up for freebies quickly - or put your name on list after list. Best practice - establish an email acct used only to 'sign up'...keeps the promotions (and spam) in one place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    Lesson from this mistake (believing in false promise that my e-mail won't be misused) is definitely learned.

    I would just like to know if others have some ideas what to do when the damage is done.
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    • Profile picture of the author tryinhere
      Originally Posted by Lazar023 View Post

      I would just like to know if others have some ideas what to do when the damage is done.
      eliminate any damage before hand not afterwards, just create a new email for the signup with an id tag so you know who it is

      johnblogssuperwhizbang@gmail.com

      then if it spams just delete the email and your done.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    That is what I learned from this spaming case.

    Now I need some ideas how to handle it once it happened.
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  • Profile picture of the author sendizo
    You can check original email header usually it contain unsubscribe url. List-Unsubscribe. check it out. if the sender did not honor the unsubscribe request and you still receiving emails from them. you can:

    Report sender to your email provider.
    Add costume filter to reject message from that sender.
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  • Profile picture of the author agmccall
    use tha "mark as spam" button in your email. From what I understand when you use this the email gets reported to the email service, I do not know if this is true or not, but whenever I have to do that I no longer receive emails from that sender. Unless they are rotating through a series of different lists and "from" email addresses

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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    You can't stop it. But you can stop seeing it if your email is through a hosting account.

    I go into cPanel and set up an email forward. For the destination, put ::blackhole:: (Including the double colons on each end).

    This simply deletes the email before it reaches your inbox. The spammer doesn't know it's being blackholed, so they don't modify the address. So he keeps sending his junk, it goes away, you never see it, and everybody is happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    Originally Posted by sendizo View Post

    Report sender to your email provider.
    Add costume filter to reject message from that sender.
    I have tried that,but it doesn't work.
    I could not post it in opening but,but I've contacted his auto-responder company (the biggest auto responder that I know).After explaining them "million" things (how I know that person is a spamer,why I claim that,to provide them screen shots...blah,blah,blah),they handled the case.

    But...not for long.
    After a month-month and a half,he comes back again.Via same responder company again ofcourse.

    I contacted them again and all I got is "We're working on the case".It was in July (6 months ago) and still no reply from them since then.

    Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

    ... Unless they are rotating through a series of different lists and "from" email addresses
    Yes,that is the main problem.How he is always able to escape from being blocked.
    First (in the beginning) it was just Sasha,then he "changes" to "Don and Sasha",then to "Mark and Sasha",then "Eddie and Sasha" and so on.

    You see the pattern?
    It's always "Sasha and (somebody)".
    Just rotating "from" names and e-mail addresses.

    Originally Posted by JohnMcCabe View Post

    You can't stop it. But you can stop seeing it if your email is through a hosting account.
    This is interesting suggestion.Never heard of it.
    Just,I use public e-mail (Hotmail).I don't know how to set that on Hotmail?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Lazar023 View Post

      Yes,that is the main problem.How he is always able to escape from being blocked.
      First (in the beginning) it was just Sasha,then he "changes" to "Don and Sasha",then to "Mark and Sasha",then "Eddie and Sasha" and so on.

      You see the pattern?
      It's always "Sasha and (somebody)".
      Just rotating "from" names and e-mail addresses.
      If they all have a common footprint ("and Sasha" in your example), try using wildcards (usually ? for single characters and * for whole words) to filter the messages.


      Originally Posted by Lazar023 View Post

      This is interesting suggestion.Never heard of it.
      Just,I use public e-mail (Hotmail).I don't know how to set that on Hotmail?
      I haven't used Hotmail for anything but seeding my own lists for years, so I don't know if this will work. I set it up via cPanel in my hosting account.

      If you can't use the blackhole option, try using wildcards to simply filter the messages directly to your trash or spam folders.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    My relief was a short termed...

    It's unbelievable,but this guy is like virus - constantly changing.
    I set all incoming e-mails containing "Sasha" to be deleted,without viewing.Meanwhile (last couple of months) I didn't subscribe to any new list.
    But now he's back under the other name(s) - Daniel L,Dr. Alex,Allen (AM)...or maybe he sold my e-mail (or all his list) to someone else.But what I see in those e-mails that they all follow the same pattern as Sasha Ilic did in his.And all "preaching" about MMO.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Since you seem to be familiar with the names used - why not just ignore those - automatically shuttle them to 'spam. You tried - didn't work - not worth more of your time - why are you still opening them to see what they say?

    Win some, lose some - and some you just learn to ignore.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lazar023
    I just checked first time I received new e-mail(s) (I saw some unfamiliar address in my inbox),saw what it is about and set new rules for deleting them straight.Ofcourse I'm not planing to open/check them again.

    I'm just...in disbelief,how far this can go
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Lazar023 View Post

      I just checked first time I received new e-mail(s) (I saw some unfamiliar address in my inbox),saw what it is about and set new rules for deleting them straight.Ofcourse I'm not planing to open/check them again.

      I'm just...in disbelief,how far this can go
      That's the problem with a rat race. Every time you get ahead, you find a faster rat.
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  • Profile picture of the author John963
    Unfortunately the only way is to delete your old email and then make a new one.

    Why not create 2 emails:

    Email A: any new sign ups
    Email B: the good ones that prove to not be spam in email B, simply change the email from email A to email B. Most should have a option were you can edit you contact details however if they don't you can simply contact them to change your contact email for you.

    The result is that you keep email B clean and then every few months you can delete email A and replace it with another fresh email.
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  • Profile picture of the author pcalvert
    Use Gmail, and configure it to pull in e-mail from your Hotmail account using POP3. Use Gmail to read your e-mail messages, but log into your Hotmail account once or twice a week to check the Spam folder for legitimate messages (false positives) that shouldn't be in there.

    There are better solutions, but the one I've just given you is fairly simple, and it doesn't require you to totally abandon your Hotmail account (for now). I use a slightly more complicated version of the above method that involves creating temporary e-mail addresses in my web hosting account that are "retired" if they start receiving too much spam.

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