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Are you sick of receiving solicitations in the mail?<br><br><br><br>
It is common for companies with whom you've done business with to put you on their mailing lists. They want to send you info from time to time in hopes of doing business with you again. Many of these companies will make your name, address, and other info available to other companies so that these other companies can solicit you for business.<br><br><br><br>
(United States) Congress passed the Financial Services Modernization Act, aka the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) in response to consumer complaints regarding unwanted solicitations. Basically, companies you do business with must notify you of your prerogative to have your info not shared with other companies..in other words, they have to give you the chance to "opt out" of the process. After opting out, they can't share or sell your info to outside vendors.<br><br><br><br>
Also, in a separate act, Congress passed an amendment to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). This amendment applies to credit bureaus and requires them to give consumers the opportunity to "opt out" if they didn't want their information shared with other companies who may want to solicit them for business. If you call (888) 567-8688 you can opt-out with the top four major credit reporting agencies - Equifax, Experian, TransUnion, and Innovis. Once the message starts choose option number 2. Be sure to listen to the recording carefully because one option will take you off the list for only 2 years and the other option will take you off the credit bureau's lists permanently. Be wary...there have been serveral variations circulating on the internet and through email as of late. Make sure that the number you call is (888) 567-8688. You can safely opt out by request calling this number based on your social security number (thus the importance of making sure that you don't call another number that may be bogus). You can also contact Direct Marketing Association at this link <a href="http://www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html" target="_blank">http://www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html</a> for more info.
 

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I avoid giving my emailadress when ever possible, unmark all the boxes that some how "inform" me of anything, NEVER fill in my real home adress. (Everybody thinks I live in the same building as IBM-america)<br><br><br><br>
Never post your email like <a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a>, but do it like<br><br><br><br>
123 at provider-dot-com
 

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If there is a paper recycling place nearby, take your junkmail there.<br><br><br><br>
And you know when you get spam, and it gives you the option to remove your name from their mailing list? Apparently, these are email harvesting scams, which sign you on for more spam.<br><br><br><br>
And has anyone seen the infamous christiangallery.com called the Nuremburg files? It posts up home addresses of doctors who work at abortion clinics, so you can send them death threats. Highly illegal, but it gave me a great idea. Why don't we set up our own website, where we find the home addresses of people who run these spamming campaigns, and send them thousands of offers on ways to enlarge their penis, get free viagra, and requests to give credit card information to Nigerian businessmen? Wouldn't that be fun? If I knew the home address of a spammer, I'd happily harass them in the same way they harass millions of people.<br><br><br><br>
The problem is that I don't know the home address of any spammers. But if any of you do, then perhaps we could all post their home address for everyone to see, and they'll get thousands of letters, all of a sudden, which say "Now you know how annoying it is."
 

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Loki,<br><br>
Revenge is sweet, eh? Turnabout is fair play... but only if you have access to the spammer's info.
 

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Loki: read this about Alan Ralsky... one of the world's biggest spammers in Michigan and how the anti-spam community went after him. (payback's a ***** <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">)<br><br><a href="http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend6_20021206.htm" target="_blank">http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwend6_20021206.htm</a><br><br><br><br>
Ruthie: that's great advice. Also... when telemarketers call, you can tell them you want your number removed from their call list and they must remove you by law. At least that's what I've been told.
 

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I hate spam. I have the spam guard on in my email account, but for some reason it lets spam through but puts RSJ's emails in the spam folder in spite of the many times I have specified that emails from his email addy are always to be put in my inbox. Very strange!
 

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that's why i don't use my spamguard. as it is i get personal emails stuck in the bulk folder all the time without the advanced spamguard<br><br>
what really gets me is this ad for this stupid little program called Date Manager, it pops up and looks exactly like an error alert, a few times i've clicked ok without reading it and ended up downloading this useless program. it's a calendar that sits in your toolbar and you can mark down important dates in it. the computer already has a calendar thanks!!!
 

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I've actually spent a considerable amount of time just unsubscribing. Seems like unsubscribing is working better nowadays. I would say close to 90% of my SPAM has been eliminated. Now, whether it comes back in a month is yet to be seen.
 

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Actually, when I started the thread I was referring to junk mail you get through the post office (versus spam in email). Spam is a pain in the butt too.
 

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Use mailwasher for spam. Its free at download.com<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.junkbusters.com/" target="_blank">http://www.junkbusters.com/</a> gives all kinds of good info on junk mail, telemarketing, spam, etc.
 

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lol Robert! That's what I'm talking about. And he has the nerve to sue people for spamming him, when he was hte one who did all the spamming initially?? He should learn to live with it, for it is payback for all the harassment he has dished out.
 

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Robert, that was funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
One time Snuggles got one of those African scams. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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a friend of mine got this letter once, from someone in another country claiming to be royalty. this guy supposedly was coming to north america but needed to transfer a lot of money (think millions) over to a bank here first and needed someone to open the account in their name so it could be wired and then keep an eye on it til the guy could get here. he was, of course, going to give him a huge payment for the efforts.<br><br><br><br>
of course, my friend never heard of the guy before and figures it's some sort of really crazy scam or a prank. very wierd.<br><br><br><br>
i like most junkmail though, like those envelopes full of coupons and flyers, keeps me amused for a while. i just hate getting things that aren't relevant to me, like stuff about mortgages, nursing homes (lots of those around here), cars etc. i look forward to 'flyer day' though <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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LF: that's called the 419 scam (Nigerian). Check the RCMP and FBI sites for more info on that.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.rcmp.ca/scams/scams_e.htm" target="_blank">http://www.rcmp.ca/scams/scams_e.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/ifcc040903.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel03/ifcc040903.htm</a>
 

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wow that's a pretty successful scam apparantly <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> thanks for the links
 

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Related to the topic, although not entirely, lookie what I found:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.b3ta.com/realistic-internet-simulator/" target="_blank">http://www.b3ta.com/realistic-internet-simulator/</a><br><br><br><br>
You won't believe how realistic the realistic internet simulator really is!!!
 

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omg i hate it to sssssssoooooo anyoying !!<br><br>
i get like 60 a day @ hotmail then i unsubcribe them but they just keep coming !! aaaahhhhhhhhhhh
 
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