If you receive emails from people you don't know, use the anti-Spam tools included in your Yahoo! Mail account, like SpamGuard, Filters and Message Blocking. In addition, we've put together the following tips:
- Never respond to unsolicited email (i.e., spam). To the individuals who send spam, one response or "hit" among thousands of mailings is enough to justify the practice.
- Never respond to the spam email's instructions to "remove me from this list". This is a ploy to get you to react to the email and will alert the sender that your email address is open and available to receive mail, which greatly increases its value. If you reply, your address may be placed on more lists, resulting in more spam.
- Never click on a link or web site address listed within a spam email. This could alert the site to the validity of your email address, potentially resulting in more spam.
- Never sign up with sites that promise to remove your name from spam lists.
Although some of these sites may be legitimate, more often than not, they are address collectors. The legitimate sites are ignored (or exploited) by the spammers, and the address collection sites are owned by spammers. In both cases, your address is recorded and valued more highly because you have just identified that your address is active.