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Should we unsubscribe to newsletters to which we didn't subscribe?

No matter how, it always happens that we start receiving spams. That is something which is unavoidable! Now, there is the spam-spam, and phishing which are purely illegal. But beside this, there is what I call the "legal spam", even if such thing doesn't make sense of course! I am talking about these messages, we never asked to receive, and which are claiming to be legitimate because they let you unsubscribe!

So now, my question is, should we unsubscribe to this kind of newsletter? Since we never subscribed to them it means they obtained our e-mail in an illegal way, or from illegal sources. So, why should we trust them? Personally I don't and I suspect that these unsubscribe links are a trick to verify that our e-mail address is active or not. If we click on this link, then they'll know their e-mail reached us, see? If they know our e-mail address is active, then jackpot! They can flood us more, with e-mails pretending to be from other sources.


by: G-1085


February 01, 2015 (4 years ago)

6 Replies & Comments

If I receive an unsolicited message, a newsletter to which I have never subscribed to, or anything like that, I assume that the sender will not honor a request of unsubscribe, for the reasons you mentioned. Since they acquire e-mail addresses by improper methods, there is no reason to trust their practices. So I ignore those messages, and use the Thunderbird junk flag tool, and further mails will directly go into the spam folder.

Now, you had a point, I never thought that may be the unsubscribe option, could be a trick to verify your e-mail address exists! Thank you for mentioning this.


by: PhileasFrog

Message #1

March 03, 2015 (4 years ago)

If I receive an unsolicited message, a newsletter to which I have never subscribed to, or anything like that, I assume that the sender will not honor a request of unsubscribeGood point!

by: G-403

Message #2

June 10, 2015 (4 years ago)

It doesn't matter. As soon as your mail box received a spam, this is over, nothing will stop it. No matter if you ignore, or try to unsubscribe. Your address is "compromised", and already being spread and shared. I don't believe that spammers care if your address still exists or not. They send their junk in mass, millions, billions per day, that's all. Not a single second they are trying to optimize their mailing. Proof is, that I bet that everybody here, already received the same spammy message several times in a row, even from different sender addresses, and spams in foreign languages, that you can't even understand. So unsubscribing or not, is useless, this won't help, this won't hurt more, just my two cents.

by: G-421

Message #3

June 14, 2015 (4 years ago)

The more I click "unsubscribe" to these said-to-be legitimate newsletters, the more I am getting spam! So I think you are right! Also, did you notice how sneaky they are? They spell "unsubscribe" differently, with spaces, or extra letters? At first I thought it was a typo, but, I realized that this is an attempt to bypass spam filters which are looking at particular keywords. If your business' practices are legitimate, then why would you do that?!

by: G-534

Message #4

September 25, 2015 (4 years ago)

You will be removed from email contact regarding [xxxx]. Please allow 10 business days for this change to take effect. We apologize for any inconvenience these emails may have caused you.
Uh Oh, why does it take 10 business days to get unsubscribed from a newsletter I never subscribed to? Why does it take so long? And why do they mention "business" days? Are they processing unsubscribing manually?! I bet that when they grab your email (somehow), they instantly start sending you spam...

Companies practicing spam should be forbidden.

by: G-1000

Message #5

July 29, 2016 (3 years ago)

I also do receive newsletters from sites I never heard about. And I do "unsubscribe". I understand the argument that it might be a trick to find out if your e-mail address exists or not. However, I believe that spammers don't mind. I don't think they mind sending their junk to addresses which do not exist. They send millions, billions, so they don't mind.

I do unsubscribe anyhow, because in the middle of all of this, there are companies, which purchased (get screwed?) e-mails databases, and these companies will likely honor your unsubscribing.

But I agree, this is endless.


by: G-1009

Message #6

August 09, 2016 (3 years ago)

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