AOL account: For a while now, I've been receiving spam emails with p0rn. They go to my spam folder, but it's annoying having to delete them every few days. I've tried setting up rules to block emails with certain words (think naughty words...) This hasn't helped at all. They're still coming in.
Gmail account: The other day I was looking for a printable coupon and made the mistake of using my good email address to "receive it" (yeah, the coupon never came. I was in a hurry and wasn't thinking ) I'm getting 10+ spam emails a day. They all have unsubscribe buttons at the bottom, but doing that isn't helping.
How can I stop both types of spam? I don't need a lesson for how to avoid it in the future - just how to stop it. Thank you!
For the AOL account if they are going to a Junk box then just leave them there. Don't let the increasing number bother you. You likely have enough storage space where messages there just don't matter. Most junk boxes automatically delete messages after 30 days or something like that. Only go there if you think there are false positives.
For the Gmail address. If the emails are from Legit companies like say Unileaver, or J&J then the unsubscribe buttons should work and it should go away. If they are spam emails selling porn, internet drugs, etc then clicking the unsubscribe buttons will make the problem worse because you ahve sent the spammer a message saying that this address is real and active. I find Gmail spam filtering to be great. So the above note about the AOL address holds true here. You can also over time train Gmail and it will learn whats junk over time. So its worth your time to click the junk button.
Create an account that is custom, non-standard in pattern (don't use names, usual titles, etc), and does not have any repeating patterns (ends with numbers) and that will greatly limit the predictability of spam bots that mass generate email address account names and blindly send out to those addresses.
Outside of that, yeah you can't truly stop spam, only hope to contain it or re-route it.
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