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Hi all.

I recently changed my e-mail as I was being inundated by spam. I kept the old e-mail address but only view it as web mail, not through Outlook Express. Now, however, I am receiving spam at my new e-mail address again. I think it is all originating from one site, and I wonder if you can help me put a stop to it, or to the company!

I had joined Uproar the games/fun site, which is connected with the Flipside Network, or may be one and the same thing. I then received e-mails about various things, including viagra, dating, lottos etc etc. Here is what appeared at the bottom of 3 typical e-mails:

The preceding advertisement was sent from winsweepstakes.net.
If you would prefer not to receive advertisements from winsweepstakes.net in the future, please click here.
You can also write to us at:
Unsubscribe Department
15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2000
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

The preceding advertisement was sent from epinpoint.info.
If you would prefer not to receive advertisements from epinpoint.info in the future, please click here.
You can also write to us at:
Unsubscribe Department
15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2000
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

beshopping.net sent you this exciting advertisement.

If you would like to unsubscribe from receiving further
messages from beshopping.net, please opt-out here.
13029 A Victory Blvd. #502, North Hollywood, CA 91606

These are just 3, there are many others. In each case, without fail, when I click unsubscribe, I am told I am unsubscribe, and get the following message:

“Thanks for visiting, please click the button to be opted out.
To view our privacy policy, please click here.
From time to time you may still receive offers from other affiliated and non-affiliated third party sponsors of which you opted into through your registration with Flipside Network.
If you wish to update your subscriptions, please update your profile page at Flipside Network by going to My Account page.”

I tried updating my particulars, ie opting out of newsletters, and unsubscribe from the site itself. I also sent an e-mail, when I eventually found a place to do so. Here is a paragraph from the e-mail I received back:

“If you are writing in regards to being removed from our e-mail newsletters, please visit http://www.flipside....il_settings.asp where you can make those changes. This will remove you from any Flipside Network related e-mails being sent to you. Please note that we are not able to remove you from e-mail lists that other companies may have you on. If you are receiving e-mails from other companies, you will need to contact them or follow the instructions within the e-mail on how to unsubscribe from their e-mails. We are not responsible for e-mails that are being sent to you from other companies.”

But they are responsible, according to the information on each companies unsubscribe page.

1 Does this mean they have supplied my e-mail to lots of companies?
2 Is there no way of reaching a live person at Flipside?
3 Is it a bad idea to unsubscribe from each company? I do get a message telling me I have unsubscribe
But don’t know if its for real.
4 Should I just change my e-mail address again!!??

Apologies for the long post.

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Once the spammers have found you, there's no way to stop the flood of spam. It's not usually recommended that you unsubscribe, because that just confirms your email address is active (the sender then sells your email to other spammers). If you want to avoid spam, never provide it to any website, or enter it in any online forms.

I have a couple free Internet accounts that I use when I need to provide an email address. I don't usually check this email very often, and their spam filters do a decent job of eliminating most spam. My ISP email I rarely give to anyone except friends and family. Same with my work email. I still get a trickle of spam, because spammers will guess at usernames, and sometimes they get lucky.

So, change your email, be very careful who you give it to, and signup for a free (hotmail, yahoo) account to be used when you must provide an email adress online.
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