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If you’re anything like me, you hate spam. My email box is full of advertising campaigns from haircare products to mortgage companies. It seems like I’m a target for marketing because I’m alive. It doesn’t stop with just emails, I also receive snail mail and robo calls.

Why do we receive so many marketing campaigns? I think a better question is how can we stop it?

From the day we were born, we became a target of marketing. From diapers to strollers, our parents were overwhelmed with requests from marketers. How does all this start? Well, the problem is us because we want that discount.

Maybe our parents signed up for coupons for diapers or requested more information about a stroller. All they need is a little information about you to begin the process. Name, email, or address will do just fine. I reset them, and they can access public records. In fact, they don’t even need that much info because they can find you on a database.

We live in a world of documentation of data. Everything we do requires documentation. From our birth certificate to a drivers license. Your life is documented because we need to prove who we are to get what we need. Unless you were born in the jungle and hung out with wild animals, you’re in the system.

The system of data exchange is willing to sell our information for a price. We are rated by our likeness to buy. If you respond to one advertisement with a purchase, you’ll receive another and another. Obviously, it’s a give and take environment. We know that some advertisements can be a good deal for us. Take coupons for food and drink. I save on an average of $40.00 on my food at Kroger. I had to make an account for digital coupons to do this. You bet they sold or shared my info with other companies they are partnered with.

So, how can we filter out what we want to receive? Can we do that? The answer is yes and no. However, we can reduce the amount of spam we receive. I have compiled a list of things we can we that will help.

1. Be careful who you share your information with. Sweepstakes, drawings, and social media. If a lottery or sweepstakes is based in another country and conducted through the mail, it’s illegal. Do not open emails from people you don’t know

2. Unscribe from spam email and report as spam. Reply to the sender. Ask them to remove you from the list. Have these unwanted newsletters or promotions redirected to another email folder.
Block the sender (You can unblock this address at any time)
Filter messages from the company. Most, if not all, ESPs have a provision for filtering emails.

Google: Tap the three-dot menu in the upper-right corner and open Settings. Scroll to Site settings. Open pop-ups and redirects. Enable the pop-ups and redirects toggle from the following menu.

3. Block 🚫 unwanted phone call solicitations. As to be put on a do not call list. 📵 You can register your numbers on the national Do Not Call list at no cost by calling 1-888-382-1222 (voice) or 1-866-290-4236 (TTY). You can also register at donotcall.gov. Savvy scammers know that by hijacking your mobile phone number, they can assume your identity, intercept security protocols sent to your phone, and gain access to your financial and social media accounts

4. Ask the post office to filter out advertisements. Register at the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) consumer website DMAchoice.org, and choose what catalogs, magazine offers, and other mail you want to get.

5. Get good antivirus protection: if your phone’s or computer is getting bombarded with ads, it could be a result of malware like adware or other scams.

6. There are a few ad blockers, hacks and edits to your settings that can help speed up your internet and make personalized ads a thing of the past on social media and your web browser: Browse in incognito mode. Turn off your cookies. Use a VPN with an ad blocker.

7. Be careful what you download. Most ad blockers will do more damage than help. The same goes for free antivirus software. It may contain adware or malware that can infect your computer.

8. Use Strong Passwords: They protect your electronic accounts and devices from unauthorized access, keeping your sensitive personal information safe. The more complex the password, the more protected your information will be from cyber threats and hackers. Use two-step (2FA) verification. A username and password as well as a third verification such as a text, facial, fingerprint, or authenticator app.

9. Spam texts and robotexts: are often the start of a scam, where the senders are hoping to obtain personal information about you, which they can use for fraudulent purposes.

10. Violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is a crime punishable by 3-5 years in a federal prison and confiscation of any real or personal property purchased through spam earnings. The CAN-SPAM Act does not give consumers who have received spam email standing to file a private lawsuit for damages. Instead, private citizens must rely on the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) or state attorneys general to sue on their behalf to recover damages, impose civil penalties, or impose injunctions.

11. Be careful what you put in the garage: Thieves go to extremes to get your information. From dumpster diving and skimming in the physical world to phishing for information in cyberspace, thieves attempt to steal your information for their own financial gain. Identity theft may be used to facilitate or fund other crimes, including Illegal immigration, terrorism, phishing, and espionage. Children and the elderly are at an especially high risk of becoming victims.

12. Safe guard your social security number. You can lock your SSN by calling the Social Security Administration or by creating an E-Verify account. Also, you can contact all three of the nationwide CRAs to place a freeze on your credit reports. You can contact the Social Security Administration by phone at 800-772-1213 and request to block electronic access to your Social Security information.you can turn on the SSN Self Lock online via the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “myE-Verify” website.

https://www.dhs.gov/publication/dhsuscispia-030f-e-verify-mobile-app-usability-testing.

I hope these steps will help you with the problem of spam. However, there is no way to stop all spam. Good luck, and let me know if you have any questions.

Dave Borgne 810 294-0355

davethenerdguy@gmail.com. please, no spam!