I would say it is a pretty fair assumption that most of us get far more emails than we wish to receive.  Much email contains solicitations and advertisements that clog up our inboxes and require constant attention to delete, which is why you may be tempted to take advantage of the opportunity presented in many of these emails to click on a link at the bottom of the email to unsubscribe.

Don’t do it.

While the unsubscribe link is probably safe when it comes in an email from a company that you are sure is legitimate, you could run into serious problems if the unsubscribe link is contained in an email from a scammer.  The problem is that when you click on the unsubscribe link, you run the risk of being directed to a site that downloads malware on to your computer, laptop or cellphone.  In addition, instead of reducing the amount of spam and undesired emails by clicking on the link to unsubscribe, you may end up getting more spam and malware infected emails because the scammers who include an unsubscribe link at the bottom of their emails compile lists of the email addresses of people who click on that link and sell those lists to other scammers as email addresses that they know are valid.

TIPS

In determining whether or not the email you get is truly from a legitimate company, you can check out the email address from which it is sent, but frankly you are better off just using your email provider’s option to block or mark the email as spam in order to prevent further such emails.  Frankly, although it may seem like a waste of time, an effective and simple way to deal with the unsubscribe link is to ignore it and merely delete unwanted emails.

For those of you receiving the Scam of the day through an email, I just want to remind you that if you want to see the ever increasing list of Coronavirus scams go to the first page of the http://www.scamicide.com website and click on the tab at the top of the page that indicates “Coronavirus Scams.”  Scamicide was recently cited by the New York Times as one of three top sources for information about Coronavirus related scams.

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