Don't Buy from Spammers
Email is one of the most useful forms of communication that humans
have yet devised. However, the value of email is being steadily
eroded by the increasing amount of spam that is cluttering our
inboxes. So why is spam increasing? Unfortunately, the simple
answer is "Because it WORKS!"
Every time someone buys a product or service advertised in a spam
email or even clicks on a spam link, the spammers reap the benefits.
If nobody ever responded to spam, the problem would go away. Yes,
I know that's a somewhat simplistic, and self evident, analysis of
a complex problem, but it is fundamentally correct.
Obviously, there is always going to be those who buy from spammers
and there is little we can do about it. However, as individuals,
we can make sure that we don't make the problem worse by following
a simple policy.
- Don't buy from spammers, EVER! No matter how attractive their
offer might be, do not give them your money.
- Don't click on their links, even if you are curious. The extra
site visit will just encourage them to send even more garbage,
even if you don't buy anything.
- Don't respond to spam emails in any way. Don't reply or use
their bogus "unsubscribe" links as this will just let them know
that you have an active email address and you will get even more
If nothing else, by following this policy I at least have the
satisfaction of knowing that not one grubby little spammer is
ever going to get a single cent from me.
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen