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Databases of Spam Email Addresses

One of the more annoying things about owning an email address is receiving spam. Spam fills everyone's inbox at some point in time and aside from it being annoying, it can also be dangerous. The term "spam" is used to describe junk mail that you receive in your email inbox. This is much like the junk mail that you get in your mailbox, but is received on your computer and can carry along with it more than just an invitation to view an open house happening three states away.

Dangerous Spam

One of the most annoying things about unsolicited mail isn't that it crowds your inbox, but that it can carry along with it viruses that can destroy your computer. Adware and viruses are constantly being attached to email and can cause problems to your computer, or may bring on the dreaded blue screen of death. In order to avoid getting viruses, it's a good idea to have some kind of anti-virus software installed on your computer. This will hopefully catch all of the bad emails that are coming into your inbox. They don't, however, work reliably, which is why it's a good idea to also make sure you know which companies are spamming you and to get rid of them as soon as you can. There are two ways to do this.

Your Email Address

The first thing that you can do is to see if your email address has been purchased by any email marketing companies. Companies buy email addresses, much like they purchase physical addresses, in order to send you junks mail. The addresses are sold by a variety of different sources, including websites where you've entered your email address and even credit card companies.
There are some websites which you can use to see how far your email address has traveled. These websites allow you to enter your email address and then search the spam directories to see who your address has been sold to. Be warned, however, as some of these sites ask for monetary compensation in exchange for the information that you're looking for.

Spam Directories

Another option is to look at spam directories to see which ones you've got to block on your email client. Spam directories show you which companies are sending out information, and who owns them. You can then choose to block them on the receiving list of your email client, or you can choose to jump the gun and contact the company immediately, asking them not to send you any spam email. By law they are required to comply, but, unfortunately, many of them don't, and some use your contact as a means to an end by connecting with you and sending you spam anyway.

Unfortunately spam will never be gone, but by utilizing relevant directories, you can learn who is sending you junk mail and may be able to get their specific emails out of your inbox once and for all.

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