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Safe to open spam emails?


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Odal

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With javascript disabled, at least. Reason I'm asking is that I like to open the spam emails to click the unsubscribe link.

Also, I've read that sometimes the link is just to check if an email is active, and the spam actually increases after you "unsubscribe".... is there any truth in this?
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Do not click on any links in any spam email at all.
Any unsubscribe links very rarely work. If nothing else, they simply confirm somebody's read the mail, responded to it and you'll get a load more.

Just delete the emails. Or change email address.
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I am with Neil here. Clicking on the unsubscribe link only confirms your email is active. Plus, I would never trust a link in a spam, since so much of that stuff is sent in order to spread malware also. Why run that risk?
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Ok thanks for the responses. I wish there were a way to automatically delete all emails that have a keyword in them... for example "Viagra". Maybe this is possible in a standalone email client?
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Ok thanks for the responses. I wish there were a way to automatically delete all emails that have a keyword in them... for example "Viagra". Maybe this is possible in a standalone email client?


Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Mail Live, Thunderbird... Take your pick.
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Oh, nice. :D
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