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I bought a couple of WSO's a few days back and forgot to utilize the Gmail 'spam tracker' (that's what I call it, but I don't think it actually has a name). Now I'm getting inundated with spam ever since, but can't tell who sold my addy.

I've only bought a handful of WSO's, and never signed up for a mailing list, so I was wondering if this a fairly common occurrence? I guess I made the assumption that, since they are advertised on the forum, this sort of thing wouldn't occur. Obviously, though, there is no way to for the forum to check for this sort of thing, so I should have known better. Lesson learned and no more assumptions.

BTW, for those with Gmail addresses that might not be aware of this feature:

Gmail lets you embed random text to your email address using the ‘+’ sign. So to make sure that your subscription with that news site you wanted access to isn't flooding your inbox with spam, register instead with "JohnDoe+newssite @ gmail.com."

Then if you get spam with that address on it, you know who sold you out.
  • Profile picture of the author Who Says
    I was wondering that too. I suddenly started getting a bunch of emails that I did not sign up for. It is going to my main address, which I may now change just for my sanity's sake. I do not like that my payment email would be used like that. It's very unprofessional.
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  • Profile picture of the author money bubble
    the problem is that there's sooooo many third party cookies out there. Go to 1 site & it's like you're signing up with 15 & you don't even have to input a single letter of information. I like to keep my cookies blocked, but things still get through so eventually my spam box ends up with 50 a day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Woityra
    sorry to hear that....these people give the good warriors a bad rap
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    • Originally Posted by Matt Woityra View Post

      sorry to hear that....these people give the good warriors a bad rap
      Well, not really. As I said in the OP, I shouldn't have made that assumption. There's no way to check out every single WSO for things like that. 2 of the WSO's I have bought were total crap, though, which explained the extremely cheap prices, so it's probably one or both of those guys.

      No biggie, though. Gmail is very good about picking out spam.

      I do agree with Who Says in that it seems very under-handed to me, as well, to use your payment email to put you on a list without even telling you, much less without asking your permission first. I'm sure sooner or later opt-in's will finally become a requirement in these situations, as well, but until then we all just have to practice due diligence.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

    BTW, for those with Gmail addresses that might not be aware of this feature:

    Gmail lets you embed random text to your email address using the '+' sign. So to make sure that your subscription with that news site you wanted access to isn't flooding your inbox with spam, register instead with "JohnDoe+newssite @ gmail.com."

    Then if you get spam with that address on it, you know who sold you out.
    Where were you when I needed you?:p

    Thanks - best tip I've seen all week.
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  • Profile picture of the author DocReed
    Bradley,

    Thanks for the tip... and heads up.

    Doc Reed
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