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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:10 pm 
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I am being deluged with several emails each day like the one below that Bitdefender stops as "Potentially Malicious."
Some are addressed to me at a very old email address that is still active, but never used by me.
I want to unsubscribe from all these (all from the same spammer, I'm guessing), but I'm afraid to even click on the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of each. What do you think? Would it be safe for me to do that?


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 Post Posted: Fri Oct 08, 2021 5:36 pm 
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I only unsubscribe from things that I signed up for but no longer want. My fear is that, in many cases, clicking the unsubscribe in a spam email does nothing but confirm that the email address is valid.

If there is something common in the spam emails, such as common words in the subject and/or body, I would rather see a rule created to move the spam to a junk folder, or delete if the option is available in your email client.

You could also go to the old email address and close the account.

Steve is better at this kind of stuff than am I and may have better advice.

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I agree with Jay. Don't click the unsubscribe link since it is spam. If your email provider has a web interface and a way to mark messages as Spam, do that. Alternatively, as Jay suggests, create a rule in your email program to mark as spam. If it is possible to view a list of new messages in your email program without opening them and move and/or mark messages as spam or delete them before opening, do that. It is best not to preview your email messages or open them if your inbox contains spam like this. It does sound like Bitdefender is alerting, but the fact that you can see the image suggests that it isn't blocking the content completely.
Since it is coming to an old email account, that suggests that your email address was on a list obtained by one or more mass mailers/spammers. If you really don't use that account any longer, closing the account is a good solution to stop seeing these if your provider or email program doesn't employ decent spam detection.

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Thanks, guys. I'm exploring those solutions as I get time. I think using the Roadrunner webmail server might be the best way to go.

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