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Some junk mail unsubscribe options are actually phishing scams

Some junk mail unsubscribe options are actually phishing scams

It seems more common with junk mail these days that the “unsubscribe” function requires that you type in your e-mail address to confirm it. Is it OK to do this or is it just a phishing scam? And if it isn’t a good idea, how do you get rid of this type of mail?—Paul Nau, Nashville, TN

We don’t recommend that you type your e-mail into an unsubscribe box. It may well be used as a way to confirm that your address is valid, and most legitimate mailers will automatically enter your e-mail address on the unsubscribe page. Otherwise, just ignore the junk mail.

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—Consumer Reports

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