Join Early Retirement Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Political Email Harassment
Old 09-06-2014, 04:50 PM   #1
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
imoldernu's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Peru
Posts: 6,337
Political Email Harassment

So I may have political leanings, but I have purposely avoided signing on to any political website, and avoid commitments like the plague.
The only thing I've done in the past year that even touches politics per se, was to write to both a Republican and a Democrat representative about a local issue that bothered me.

Now... I get an average of 6 to 8 emails per day from all kinds of organizations, politicians and people that I've never heard of, asking for money.

Am I alone?

I am cursed.

imoldernu is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 09-06-2014, 04:55 PM   #2
Walt34's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 21,051
This is why spam filters were invented. If the E-mail client you're using doesn't have one your ISP's web site almost certainly does so the spam can be deleted before it reaches your inbox.

I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 05:10 PM   #3
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
MRG's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 9,107
Yes spam filters work well. Some organizations sent/sell your contact info to other related(in their mind) organizations. Many have an opt out check box, surprisingly they seem to be very difficult to find.
MRG is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 05:14 PM   #4
ziggy29's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: North Oregon Coast
Posts: 16,400
And sometimes you don't even have to respond to any politically-related groups -- it can be what you buy. If you buy organic coffee or ammunition, it obviously makes political mailers want to assume something about you, even if those assumptions may be false.
"Hey, for every ten dollars, that's another hour that I have to be in the work place. That's an hour of my life. And my life is a very finite thing. I have only 'x' number of hours left before I'm dead. So how do I want to use these hours of my life? Do I want to use them just spending it on more crap and more stuff, or do I want to start getting a handle on it and using my life more intelligently?" -- Joe Dominguez (1938 - 1997)
ziggy29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 05:30 PM   #5
Walt34's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Eastern WV Panhandle
Posts: 21,051
And sometimes, like getting sick, there is no known reason as to how your E-mail address got "out there". I'd had one address for years I used exclusively for shopping and knew that eventually it would find it's way to the spammers. They got around the filter by using a different address every time and I tried filtering by subject and other sorts of things. Eventually I gave up, deleted that account, and began using a different one.
I heard the call to do nothing. So I answered it.
Walt34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2014, 09:48 PM   #6
Full time employment: Posting here.
urn2bfree's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 819
spam filter works great if I,check my email account on my desktop but if i check my email on my iPad all the spam shows up....what do I have to do to stop this?..

Sent from my iPad using Early Retirement Forum
urn2bfree is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 05:35 AM   #7
MichaelB's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Sheltered in place
Posts: 32,132
Gmail has an indicator that lets you designate a note as spam. Doing this improves the spam filtering - if you use Gmail.
MichaelB is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 06:20 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,543
I wouldn't call it harrassment per se, but once I began donating $50 to my local congresswoman's re-election coffer every 2 years, I got on some list so that I get solicitations from her party or related groups to donate all the time. Some of these were from primary candidates in House and Senate races across the country! For example, I live in New York but I got solicitation letters from candidates in Michigan and North Carolina. Those all went straight into the trash.
Retired in late 2008 at age 45. Cashed in company stock, bought a lot of shares in a big bond fund and am living nicely off its dividends. IRA, SS, and a pension await me at age 60 and later. No kids, no debts.

"I want my money working for me instead of me working for my money!"
scrabbler1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2014, 07:44 AM   #9
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
easysurfer's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 10,446
+1 about the spam filters. Got one built-in with my email reader and after some "teaching" of marking what is spam and what is not, the filter works I'd say over 95% of the time.

Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus
easysurfer is online now   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My first week of email-based tech support TromboneAl Other topics 0 07-08-2005 04:24 PM
Email Notifications grumpy Forum Admin 1 06-08-2005 08:00 AM
Anyone else get the vanguard first quarter market activity email? cute fuzzy bunny FIRE and Money 16 05-06-2005 11:45 AM
Still have 12 Google email invites to give away MJ Other topics 14 01-19-2005 11:13 AM

» Quick Links

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:20 PM.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.