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Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

I wanted to find a website so I clicked on a link to what looked like the website.  I wasn't paying attention and the spammers had changed one letter, so I got a web page telling me that I had just been signed up for advertising by some "advertising monkey".

 

Since then my mailbox has been flooded with these emails that have whatever they are selling in bold letters and then a link to click on at the bottom of the page.  The ads don't make any pretense at being anything other than home made.  I have tried to "unsubscribe" but that is impossible.  It just alerts them that I am a real person.  The ads come from many email addresses/web links so I can't just list an email address to block.  I am getting about 20-30 emails a day of these nutty ads.  It is everything from "Russian Ladies" to cannabis, to health supplements and everything you could think of and a bunch of stuff you never thought of.  Just rubbish.

 

Does anyone have any experience with getting free from these people and their awful ads?

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‎09-12-2018 6:11 PM

Re: Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

The only way to get free is to change your email address. The only thing you can do other than change your email address is to keep marking them as spam and hope the spam filters do their job.

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Re: Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

Ya, that was what I was afraid of.  Thanks for confirmation though.  What a mighty pain in the neck.

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Re: Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

I wanted to find a website so I clicked on a link to what looked like the website.  I wasn't paying attention and the spammers had changed one letter, so I got a web page telling me that I had just been signed up for advertising by some "advertising monkey".

Ok, I'll bite.  How does clicking a link from your browser to get to a webpage in any way revel the email address you are using?  There's a lot of stuff a site can determine about your browser, your IP and the info derived from that (e.g., approximate location).  I may be wrong but I don't see how your email address could be determined from your browser unless they are mining the cookies looking for what might be your email address.

 

So I think you getting spam around the same time is just a coincidence.  Maybe around that time you clicked on some email response which would have taken you to your email client and that would have exposed your email address when sent.

 

But the damage is done.  I assume most, if not all, of that spam is already being detected as spam and placed in your webmail spam box.  If so there is nothing more you can do but live with it since yahoo doesn't have anything more for you to deal with it.  Blocking addresses have no pattern recognition, filters are useless since even if you could write a pattern match yahoo spam filters have precedence of user settings.

 

If you follow the earlier recommendation and decide to go as far to change your email address then IMO find a better email service provider, almost anything but yahoo (and AOL).  There's plenty of email service providers to choose from, free and/or pay, some with excellent filter and spam control.

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Re: Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

You asked a good question.  I didn't put in all of the details in my initial post since I didn't think anyone would want all of the details.  I had to put in an email address to get access to the website that contained the information I needed.  Stupid, but since I was looking for a Christian music website I let my guard down just that once (since I thought the website was legitimate).  That is when I got the web page that congratulated me for signing up to the "ad monkey" website that would do me the wonderful service of giving my email address to wonderful merchants that would sell me wonderful things that I never knew I wanted.

I am a female musician that plays in church so you can imagine how amazed I was to get ads for Russian ladies who are just dying to meet me, cannabis, viagra substitutes, erectile dysfunction drugs etc.  And the "ads" are just someone typing in large letters across the page what they are selling with a link to click on.  I've seen posters for missing dogs and cats that had more thought put into them.

I was a doofus.  Usually I am pretty bright but this one time I did a dumb thing and I am paying for it.  Now I have the equivalent of an email STD with no cure.

Thanks for your reply.  Maybe I will look into other email service providers.  Your reply was actually pretty helpful.

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Re: Fake Link signed me up for SPAM advertising. How do I get rid of these ads

I had to put in an email address to get access to the website that contained the information I needed.

Well that explains everything. Man Frustrated

 

Now I have the equivalent of an email STD with no cure.

Heh, cool way to describe it.  Gotta remember that one! Man LOL

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