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Beware of Viagra Spam

It’s not uncommon to open your email and find a few, or maybe more than a few, unwanted emails.  Spam has a way of infiltrating our accounts and can be a real problem.  There are computer programs out there specifically designed to grab your email and randomly send messages to you. Typically these robot computers are sending you a link in hopes you’ll buy a product.  One of the most popular online products that spammers are trying to sell these days is Viagra.

A new study points out some alarming statistics.  To sell $100 worth of Viagra, a spam provider needs to send 12.5 million messages.  While it takes millions of emails to get so little profit, spammers say it’s worth it, after all computers are doing all the work. 

It’s tough to track all spammers out there.  According to computer scientists, getting rid of spam altogether is next to impossible.  However, there are a few tricks to cutting down on the number of unwanted emails that land in your inbox.  Here are a few tips:

*Watch out for default options and checkboxes.

When you sign up or register online for some services or products, you might be presented with check boxes that offer to send you email announcements or special offers. These options are usually pre-selected by default, so if you aren’t interested in receiving these kinds of notices, remember to uncheck them before you continue.

*Open a separate email account.

Consider getting a “dummy” or “decoy” email account from a free email service (Hotmail, Yahoo, and Gmail are a few) to siphon off spam from your primary account. Use this “decoy” to sign up for mailing lists, shop online, or join social networking sites. This way, if the account gets too filled with spam, you can simply delete it.