Show the Spammers Who is Boss: Use BCC When You Forward, and Other Tips and Tricks

When you send a forward to other people, put the addresses in BCC (blind carbon copy). This prevents spammers from eventually getting a hold of the hundred to two hundred addresses in a forward and misusing them all over the Internet.

If you think this is an isolated problem and won’t happen to you – getting spammed from the address contents of a forward, think again. I’ve ruined two email accounts that had no spam for a long time. One to two days after receiving a forward with many addresses visible in it, I began receiving spams which had no way to block them: nonsense words in nonsense order on the subject line, nonsense names, and a one-time use email address.

This may be why forwards got started in the first place: to have a way for spammers to collect email addresses. So be wary and use that blind carbon copy field! As you do sales pitch to all your customers using BCC is an effective way to get past all the spammer try to get a hand on the email addresses of your customers.

Also, another way to fight spam is to use Yahoo’s disposable email address function. It is a lot of trouble to set it up at the beginning if you subscribe to many things, but it has saved me multiple problems with spam and the yearly cost is $19.95. The premise is to only give out your email address to real people (who don’t send forwards with addresses showing, that is), and you can create disposable email addresses for anything that might result in spam – website memberships, people who send forwards. If it results in spam, you can track what website has shared your information, and you can delete the disposable address if you want to. At first, I wasn’t willing to spend the money since I would rather get a free email account, but it is totally worth it in the time that I no longer spend going through spam to get to my real mail.

Another way to fight spam is to put your email address on a graphic and not typed into your website with text. Or, put some words in all caps in your email address to trip up spam bots, and then say in parenthesis to remove those words before emailing.

Last, but definitely important, is to not buy anything from any company that spams. There are several companies that I had signed up for, for making money by trying products, but they shared my email address and I started getting UK lottery spam, so I will not use or promote them or include them in my legitimate work from home directory. Without the disposable email addresses, I wouldn’t have known where the spam came from.

These are the tips that help me avoid spam on the Internet and I hope they were helpful to you.