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Spam is an unwanted, unsolicited email message. If you have had your email address for a while, you can receive up to hundreds of spams a day. Here is how to recognize a fradulent email, and solutions for both managing and avoiding spam. First, take a look at the From line. If you don't recognize the name of the sender, the sender's email address has gibberish in it, the address ends in .ru or another international extension, or you receive the same email message from several people. You can also tell by the Subject line. It starts with Re: but doesn't contain a message subject that you yourself sent, or the message promotes a products that you don't need or want.
You can also tell it's spam from the message itself. Look for broken English. Be assured that your bank will never lose your account information and need you to type it in again. You did not went to a sweepstakes, and if the email has a hyperlink, hold you cursor over it without clicking on it and look at the address in the lower-left-hand corner of your Outlook window. If the URL is long, has code, and does not start with the simple legitimate URL, it's probably fake. And here is what you can do about spam. Never reply or unsubscribe. That shows that your email address was valid.
So they will use it again, but it okay to unsubscribe from email from companies you did business with. If the company is legitimate and you just want off the monthly newsletter, please do unsubscribe. Add trusted people and companies to your Contacts list. Avoid filling in sweepstakes and contest forms on their web sites. Most of the time, the whole reason they are holding a drawing is to gather emails to sell. Create a free email account on Gmail or Hotmail to use for online purchases or entry form so that your personal email address stays private, and enable your ISP spam filter, which is separate from Outlook, so that potential spam messages are filed into a junk or bulk folder.
But do look through it periodically to save emails you really do want. And of course, make use of Outlook's junk email tools. By following these guidelines, you will still receive spam, but you will greatly reduce the volume.
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