I have a number of domain names that have email addresses which receive incoming email. For many of these email addresses, I forward the incoming email to one account where I can read news submissions and other information that is sent for publication on my website.
One of these email accounts receives a lot of junk email from annoying “the sky is falling” organizations that waste my time and irritate me. Because I receive them on another email account, my “unsubscribe” emails went unheeded. It seemed that when I would filter those email accounts, they would use different senders from within the same organization. This had gone on for around a year – maybe more.
I found that the US Government has a spam email hotline where you can report spammers. The email address is “firstname.lastname@example.org.” Yesterday, I received emails from two different and unrelated organizations, and instead of deleting them, I forwarded it to email@example.com and carbon copied the senders. I wrote, “I’ve tried to get my email address removed from this spam list many times to no avail, so I am reporting it to the US Government’s spam hotline.”
Lo and behold, this morning I received emails from both organizations informing me that my email address (the one that was on their records) had been removed from their mailing lists. I don’t know if the spam hotline did anything or if the threat of the US government is what did it, but whatever it was, I am no longer on those mailing lists. If you get spammed by people who are unrelenting, just copy them on your report to Spam@uce.gov.