Spam My Email? Prepare For Consequences

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I was going to write this story as a part of my “What’s Happening With Me” post but decided it needed its own post as it’s a longer story.

As most of you know, I have a work email that I link to the bottom of my posts. I also have that email attached to my Instagram account in case anyone wants to email me. Due to that, I receive a lot of spam on that email address. People subscribe that email for things I’ve obviously not subscribed for. It used to happen occasionally. And I knew it was because the email is what I use online since it doesn’t happen with my other email addresses. I would just ignore it and unsubscribe. But since my SEO has improved and I get a lot more Search Engine traffic, I get more spam now too. And it got to a point where I was super irritated. So, I decided to give the spammers a taste of their own medicine.

When someone added me to their mailing list without my permission aka spam, I would unsubscribe but add their email address to my mailing list. If they were going to spam me, I was going to spam them back. I am happy to say that I am no longer added to random mailing lists now. In fact, the spam is almost completely gone lol. I guess they weren’t happy to get a taste of their own medicine…

I used to be a passive person who would never do something like this. This is a fun reminder of my growth.

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145 thoughts on “Spam My Email? Prepare For Consequences

  1. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ that’s hilarious. I never thought to do something like that. That’s childish, but your response was hilarious.

          1. Not necessarily. It can be funny, but I’m not really the jokey type and take things seriously unless they’re a marker.πŸ˜“ I also thought you misunderstood what I said because my original comment was vague. I’m sorry.😩

            1. Thanks for letting me know. Your feedback is appreciated as it helps me avoid any potential misunderstandings. I don’t want to unintentionally say something offensive.

              1. I appreciate you telling me how you felt. I wouldn’t want you upset. (Btw, I thought what you said was funny, I just needed to be clear.

  2. I’m glad that you stopped these creeps, Pooja! My blog has a contact email address that is very rarely used which is good!

  3. It is called tit for tat. You have given such spammers a good dose of a bitter medicine. And it worked immediately. LOL!
    Sometimes it becomes necessary to do things like that even if these are against our disposition. So, you’ve done nothing wrong.

  4. “If they were going to spam me, I was going to spam them back.”

    I like the way you think. Email spam is annoying and what’s even worse is when there is no option to unsubscribe. I hate that.

    1. Lol thanks. Yeah, it’s super annoying and you’re right some don’t even let you unsubscribe. But just use this method and they will never bother you again πŸ˜…

      1. I should try this with the MLM I joined back in 2013. To this day, I still get the occasional annoying email from them even though I quit in 2016. There’s no unsubscribe option.

        Also, Babble is really annoying too. They send me so much spam! I signed up thinking it was free – it is not. I have tried unsubscribing multiple times. The only language app I use is Duolingo.

        1. Yes, please do! MLM’s are the worst and of course they don’t have an unsubscribe button. How else are they going to shove unnecessary products down everyones throat? πŸ˜…

          Woah, I thought Babble was free too. Weird.

          1. That’s how they get you. Babble is a subscription-based service, and the first thing I got was an advertisement for their subscription. Unfortunately, even if you try to block the emails from Babble, they will still keep coming in on a weekly basis. Annoying.

  5. What a clever, harmless way to retaliate. Unsubscribing daily to those seemingly endless emails can be annoying. Adding to the indignity of those who offer no unsubscribe option are those my search engine labels dangerous. Reaffirming the lesson: if you don’t know where the email came from, don’t open it. They are a Pandora’s box of unknown consequences.

    1. Thanks so much. Yeah, it got to a point where I would unsubscribe and they would resubscribe me. I didn’t want to deal with that daily and thought this would encourage them to leave me alone. Which luckily it did. Yeah, you’re right spam can cause a lot of damage if it’s malware etc.

  6. πŸ€” I too have also thought about spamming the spammer.

    Luckily for me, I receive almost no spam emails.

    The only spam I get is spam comments (Which Akismet has trapped of course).

      1. That’s fun tho

        And what you did was amazing 😝

        I’m subscribed to you so that I can get your latest blogs.

        I wish there were 2-3 blogs from you daily. 🀩

          1. Oh yeah

            I’ve seen some people who post 2-3 blogs a day. And that too complete blogs and not just some images or text.

            Blogging is overwhelming.

            You already have a lot in your plate ☺️

  7. And hey….. It’s 20th here

    And it’s 20th already in many countries

    So Happy Birthday dear friend πŸ”†πŸ˜πŸ₯—πŸ¨πŸ§

    πŸŽ‚πŸ₯• Here’s some “carrot” ( your favourite) cake

    Keep smiling and keep shining

          1. Logistics!
            Import- export.

            We send stuff outside India.
            It could be anything, like handicrafts, marble sample, personal stuff etc. πŸ™‚

            People also send food items to their relatives outside india.

  8. Sweet revenge, Pooja. Nice work. Reminds me of how a coworker’s email for Amazon was hacked. The hacker then signed her up for spam and she received hundreds of emails in a matter of days to hide the fact that the hacker used her Amazon account to buy a laptop.

  9. As she rides on through her journey, each son asks his father saying, “Papa, who is that lady and where is she going?” And his father says, “Son that is lady Pooj, the conqueror of spam.” “We now watch and await for her return, as she’s going forth to conquer the rest of that dreadful spam in all the distant lands.” πŸ˜‚

  10. I can dig it. Good for you!
    I’ve done a similar thing but with snail mail. I get a constant barrage of emails asking for donations ($) toward political ends (USA). However, at the end of each pitch is a brick & mortar address. And but so … then I send them bookmarks, business & post cards regarding my book, ELECTION 2016.
    You want my money? Read this and then maybe we can talk.

    We’ll see how it all shakes out?
    Seems like you’re doing great.
    Good luck and cheers. πŸ™‚

    1. Haha yes, it may work with snail mail too. I find that very annoying as well. Thanks so much and hope you’re doing well too.

  11. Great idea. You are so enterprising and resourceful. I heard about email list of or other tools, but I’ve never got around to check it out. I am just too caught up in other things and never do what I should be doing.

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