questionsis there any way to reduce spam emails?

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If you hit the "report spam" button and gmail detects there's a valid unsubscribe option it'll automatically try that for you too. That's worked like a gem for me.

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You can help yourself in this department, too. When you are ordering from a company, look for the "alert me to offers" box. If you really don't want them to send you alerts, make sure it is unchecked. Also, unsubscribe from offers that you don't care about. About ever 4 months I go through my accounts and clear out vendors that I really don't care about. Which is most of them.

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If it's a legitimate company, "unsubscribe" should work like a charm.

Even legitimate or reputable companies can sell your email address, so I never use my personal email address when making a purchase or setting up an account online. At my personal gmail account, I get spam... one piece every six months or less?

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It won't help you receive less from companies that already have your address, but I recommend using mailinator.com when you need to sign up for questionable sites. Disposable email addresses are a godsend.

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We just talked about this at work last week: 'I commonly see "unsubscribe here" at the bottom of the emails (haven't tried it in fear of being spammed more), does this work?'
We came with the old school solution, which was: What ever you do, do not hit unsubscribe.

@figgers3036: I did not see that option, but will look for it.

@proxgotsthafia: He said 'though I use a separate email for companies I don't know or don't trust' so I am not sure this will work.
I personally use a 3 tier system
Tier 1 definite spam.
Tier 2 Companies I deal with
Tier 3 Family and people I know, now this is dangerous, what if your family shares your email with a ecard company?
So it all fell apart after a few Birthdays. Personally, if I use an ecard I send it to my real definiete spam email and copy out the important bits to send along, but I can not expect this from family.

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@caffeine_dude: Yeah I'm pretty convinced that using the unsubscribe button just signs you up for more spam.

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For legitimate companies, the unsub should work fine. But for spammers (buy v1agra n0w!) all that does is confirm to them that you're an active email account that actually opens emails... which just sets you up for getting even more spam.

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@caffeine_dude:
It depends. If you are getting a daily email from, say, Tanga to pick on them. In order to be in compliance with the CANSPAM act, they have to have a link to a one step (important, just one step) process to unsubscribe. Those all work. So, if you don't want to hear from Tanga or (more to the point here) Mortimer and Monte on a daily basis, click the "unsubscribe" link and you are good.

That is for legitimate commercial email, not real Spam but what is known to some of us as Bacon. The absolutely garbage herbal v1agra, etc ads are different. Clicking on the unsubscribe gets you more.

In short, if you know who it came from and why (you ordered something from them 2 years ago) then click unsubscribe. Otherwise, yes, ignore.it.

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I use a lot of filters. If you're tech-savvy, you can also look into SPAMAssassin, which I also use to mark/delete SPAM. That helps quite a lot. I highly recommend it.

I also use different email addresses for some thing. I have my own domain name, so for certain things I use a unique email address. When/if I notice SPAM to that address, I just auto-delete anything from it. I also use a GMail account for many things. It's basically a throw-away account and keeps me from having to use things on my own domain/email.

Also, make sure to unsubscribe from reputable businesses that are mailing you. If you get SPAM from an obvious non-reputable company (i.e. "We has your INKJET TONER for CHEAP!") using their unsubscribe can simply tell them it's a valid email address, and you'll get more.

I find it's a constant battle, but I get a manageable amount of SPAM that seeps through to me.

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Unsubscribe usually works pretty well. I agree with the other posters, though, that it should be used for legitimate companies only, and not those male member enlargement, etc. e-mails.

Oh, and by the way, NEVER respond to those Nigerian bank scam e-mails, or any variation thereof.