“How can I stop spam email?” is a question which sadly has no perfect answer. There isn’t a solution that works perfectly. Blocking spam is a balance. There are many software packages that help to do it, but ultimately it’s a tradeoff between losing legitimate emails if they’re incorrectly filtered or getting more emails and manually deleting them.
Do not open or forward emails which you suspect is a scam
Delete the email if you suspect it is a scam
Do not open attachments from unknown sources
These links are likely to contain viruses which will infect your device
Contact the person or organisation
If in doubt, contact the person or organisation the email claims to have been sent by, via a different form of contact, for example, their website.
Do not readily click on links in emails from unknown sources
Instead, roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your screen. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text of the link from the email.
Do not respond to emails from unknown sources
Responding will only confirm that your email address is active, so you are more likely to receive more spam email.
Do not make purchases or charity donations in response to spam emails
This is how fraudsters steal victims out of their money. Do not believe spam emails when they ask you to make donations, your money will not go to these causes.
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