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If you want to stop junk email you will have to stop opening junk email. Many times people who send out junk email get your address verified to them when you open their emails. Many junk emailers send out hundreds of thousands of emails to all kinds of email addresses. These email addresses may be random guesses or permutations done by system. Either way if you open one of these emails regardless of why it was sent to you, you verify that your email address is valid. These junk emailers will then sell your email address to other people who send junk email. If you want to stop junk email from showing up in your inbox stop opening them.
Another good way to stop junk email from overtaking your inbox is to create a spam folder. Depending on your email service provider you may be able to set up a filter that automatically sends suspected junk email to a spam folder. I use Yahoo email and it automatically filters out as much a junk email as it can and sends it to a folder named spam that existed when I opened the account. Yahoo designed their email service to take into account the amount of junk emails out there and to take care of them for you. I highly recommend Yahoo email for this reason and many others.
Another important thing to remember if you are trying to stop junk email is that you should stop visiting sites that ask for your email address. Unless a site is very important to you and receiving their emails is something you want do not give out your email address on websites. Many of these web sites will resell this information to others.
There is a lot of money in getting people to fall for the scams that are included in many junk emails so selling valid email addresses can be a big business. Do not falsely believe that any website you visit keeps your information private. Even some that claim to do so do not completely and you must be aware of this before you give out any personal information.
Many years ago I had an email address that was getting overrun with spam. There seemed to be no way to stop junk email from filling up my mailbox and I was left with no choice but to abandon that email account and set up another. If you find yourself in a similar situation don't freak out. Setting up a new email account with a service such as Yahoo is quick and easy. Yahoo and similar services will also help you alert the people you used to email and receive emails from that you want to keep in contact with them but with a new address.
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