It seems I'm lucky enough now to have a new mandatory email folder called subscriptions. Here there is a catalogue of the email addresses that I will accept regular emails from on a x per week basis.
This functionality is falling a bit short of what is required because I'm not aware of having agreed to any of these regular updates. So some I'm happy with but most I'm not because here also are all the email addresses that I do not want emails from for whatever dubious or malicious purpose they are peddling. All have arrived in my subscriptions folder without my permission. Here are just twenty of the unwelcome entries with the purported purpose in brackets behind the address:
email@example.com (Southwest Airlines Opinions Request)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Home Warranty Protection)
email@example.com (Performance Problems)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Keranique - No # 1 Hair Regrowth Solutio)
email@example.com (Hurricane Prof Matches)
firstname.lastname@example.org (View Foreclosures Homes)
email@example.com (Reflux Rescueh)
firstname.lastname@example.org (skip cardio)
email@example.com (iPhone 14 Pro Surprise)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Le Creuset-Shipment)
email@example.com (Your Prostrate)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Topamaxlawsuitclaims.com Dispute)
email@example.com (SpeedPro Ad)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Le Creuset Winner)
email@example.com (The Next-Bitcoins)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Cosmic Globe | Deal)
email@example.com (You're Selected .)
As can be seen the contrast between the email address and the title can be hilarious. I was particularly tickled by the honesty of toythieves.
Please either remove the Subscriptions Folder entirely or only allow entries if there is an explicit approval from myself to receive them plus a valid unsubscibe email address. Most of my unsubscribe emails come back as undeliverable. However, it is amusing to block each of these unwelcome addresses. (No room left in my folder of just 500 to block the domains. Make 500 into 5,000 though and that would work for me)
William Zugelder commented
discontinue my subscripsion.
Carol Lee Price commented
cancel yahoo mail plus it is useless and directions to cancel are useless
Nigel Moore commented
And today we have these exciting new additions - all apparently addresses that are entirely above board and legitimate, and from which I eagerly await an extra ration of spam (although I was completely unaware previously of their existence):
firstname.lastname@example.org (Congratulations GoKeto)
email@example.com (Market Loans)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Fidelity Life Insurance)
email@example.com (National Injury Bureau -Lejeune)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Male Solution)
Again, one can commend the honesty of intent of iownyour.org.
However, in sum , a classic example of a potentially good idea implemented without any validation checks, and also apparently without any consideration for how easily it might be exploited for malicious purposes.