If so, you can safely trash it as unwanted spam.
I think this started because some Internet marketing people used this line as a prelude to giving a ‘gift’ or free downloads to their legitimate subscriber lists.
Legitimate means that the people opted into them or ‘gave permission’ to receive marketing email from that person.
This particular email headline probably had a pretty good ‘open rate’. This means that many people on legitimate subscriber lists were opening emails with this type of headline.
Unfortunately, it looks like the spammers picked up on this and now they bombard us with spam emails that all have that same headline.
Spammers usually send out millions of unauthorized email per day. So, it is likely that you have received one or more such spam emails in recent months.
Spammers send non-permission based emails. This is against the law and if found, they could face fines and legal consequences.
Unfortunately, manner spammers are operating from countries where such laws either don’t exist or are never enforced.
That is the reason why the English is so poor. It is usually easy to spot spam because the English phrasing is either unnatural or grammatically flawed.
Spammers are bad people who do not care about how they clog up your email inbox.
Things You Can Do About Spam
If you are getting frequent emails with the same or exact headline you can have your email program filter that particular phrase and automatically move it right into your ‘junk’ or ‘deleted items’ folder.
Another trick I have found is to take advantage of your google email.
You can forward your email to your regular google account and let the google spam filters remove the spam so that it is not delivered to your regular inbox.
This works fairly well but is certainly not perfect. However, if you are getting flooded with hundreds of spam emails per day, it can really decrease the load for you.
I Hate Spam Because It Wastes My Time And Money
Spam is a time waster. When you think of all the spam emails that you must delete every day, then you know that it wastes a great deal of your time.
And this waste of time is like money. So, these people are actually stealing from you when they send you spam emails. Time is money, so they are actually taking money out of your pocket.
This is even more true if you are a self-employed person or a business owner.
Imagine how much more efficient you could be if you only received business related emails and did not have to delete all of the spam that you get? It could make a big difference. I know that it does for me.
For those who use a paid spam filtering service, spam is clearly a financial burden.
Did You Know That You Should Not Bother Replying To Spam, Nor Should You Click the ‘Unsubscribe’ Link?
It is a law that legitimate email marketers use unsubscribe links at the bottom of every email. Therefore, people are used to seeing them.
Unfortunately, the spammers know this too. But they use the ‘unsubscribe’ link for a more nefarious purpose.
It serves as a validation that your email address is a good and they take your freshly validated email address and sell it to other spammers.
This increases the amount of spam you will receive.
Another trick is ‘phishing’. This could be an unsubscribe link or it could be in an email disguised to look like a normal company sending you email.
You see these fake email a lot with government agencies and big financial companies, like paypal or credit card companies or even banks.
The scammers try to get you to go to the site which looks identical to the government institution’s site or a legitimate company’s website, but it is not. It is a spammer’s site.
They are hoping you attempt to login. Then they will have your legitimate login credentials which they will use to login to your real account in an attempt to commit fraud or steal more of your financial information.
This is very dangerous to you because identity theft can sometimes take a very long time to straighten out.
Spammer Emails Are Very Hard To Trace
Spammers will often break into a webhosting account and install software on the server that creates and sends the spam emails. Since these are coming from someone else’s server, it looks like that innocent account holder is sending the spam.
This is such a common practice that it makes it difficult to track down who the real spammers are.
Sometimes when you hover over a link in a message that is allegedly from your bank or credit card company, you can clearly see that the link goes to some site rather than that legitimate company’s site. Other times, you really have to look at the URL carefully because the spammers will try to make it very hard for you to figure out.
Every time they fool someone, they get an opportunity to steal financial information and commit fraud and that is how they make their money.
They are parasites to society and they cause harm and do no good – obviously.
What Do You Think About Spam And Spammers?
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