Two days ago I got an email from a senior industry official, bashing some 100 other fellows on the list to not to send him any further SPAM email. Here’s how he exactly explained his misery:
I receive more than 100 mails daily from the offenders, that is appx 36,500 emails a year. I have a LOT on my plate and these emails are a MAJOR distraction as they are all over the place, inbox, junk, spam all folders and as you may know a LOT of good emails today also go to junk / spam hence I CANNOT delete any email without at least reading the subject line, it is a VERY painful process over the year.
I am sure there are thousand others, getting these SPAM emails (every five minutes in many cases) for offering training courses to selling crap products online to every nonsense one can imagine. All this has become a major worry for professionals.
It merits mentioning here that Pakistan is Ranked 11th in the world for generating SPAM.
So if you are one of the victim then you have hit the right space, because today I am going to tell you the ultimate way of blocking these SPAM emails, no exaggeration, try it to believe it.
After investigation, we found that 98 percent of such SPAM emails (in Pakistan) come from Google groups. Reason: Google used to offer its group administrators to add any email id in their group even without users’ consent – though they have abandoned this facility now, but much of the damage has already been done.
Advertisers and email marketers exploited this till their limits and added thousands of internet users’ email ID in to their groups, multiple groups in fact.
How to Block SPAM emails?
Fortunately we have a way to opt out of all groups groups in a single go, following is the procedure:
Step 1: Log in to your Google account
Step 2: Click on this link http://groups.google.com/groups/mysubs
Here you will get a list of groups you are added into. With an option to unsubscribe in the last drop box menu. Check below image for example:
Select Unsubscribe for all unknown Google groups that you never subscribed and save settings through button available at the page bottom. You are almost done.
Setting Invitation Preferences:
You can set your Google account preferences to disallow any future invitations, so that you are not added into Google groups again. (You will have this option of joining a group yourself, but no outsider will be able to add you). To do so, you need to remain on the same URL, which is: http://groups.google.com/groups/mysubs
At the top of the page, look for this text: “Invitation preferences”, select both the options that are:
- Do not allow group managers to invite me to their groups.
- Do not allow group managers to directly add me to their groups.
And click Save button below it.
Check following image for example:
You are done. Hope this helps.