I thought getting an average of only 40 spam mails a day (with one odd one a week sneaking into Inbox) was not bad at all. Years ago, I learnt not to reply back to these mails with “Hey! Stop spamming me!” kind of mails. The best thing to do is not to respond back. I thought I took utmost care in keeping my email id safe and Inbox clean. After a bad experience initially, now I even choose online services (even for my blog) more judiciously.
I am even more careful about not giving out my mobile number, thanks to telecaller! I do not give out my mobile phone number anywhere, definitely not at some website. I do not even leave my number in the feedback ledgers of shopping stores. I know even those numbers are later sold out, just email ids are sold out by most online ‘job consultancy’ firms. It is a fact. I delight fully registered at the NDNCR (National Do Not Call Registry) when it was first launched.
Still, recently I had to rethink the reach capability of online scamsters when I got the following SMS on my mobile:
YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON YOU $200,000 IN 2008 XMAS SHELL INT’L MOBILE DRAW UK(PIN SPDC081511) TO CLAIM, EMAIL YOUR NAME AND PIN# TO: MOBILEDRAW2008@LIVE.COMFor those who reach this page googling to know if they have won the $$$:
Sorry, but it's a scam. It always is.
Sad thing is I know people who would actually reply back to such messages.
Information Overload: Email and Spam