worrisome version of "spam" is combining with "phishing" techniques to attempt to get personal information. instead of sending you spam e-mails directly, a "spambot" searches the Internet looking for businesses that have a "sign up for our mailing list" box on their websites.
When it finds one, it puts your e-mail address in and signs you up.
If the names match, you are very likely safe using that link to unsubscribe.There is a silver lining to this cloud: Because you never got to a "phishing" site while dealing with this, now your e-mail address is seen as unresponsive and the evildoers will move on to exploit the ones that did reply.The first thing you should do if that happens is More than half of those e-mails will be "confirm your subscription" mails; as this type of e-mail fraud has increased, more businesses are adding this "opt-in" step to prevent their messages from going to people who didn't really want them.Ignore any e-mail asking you to confirm your signing up, because when no response is received, the sign-up is disregarded.As obvious as doing this would seem to be, do click on the "unsubscribe" link.
There is a good reason for this advice: Because you didn't initiate the sign-up, you are in the worst possible position to tell whether or not the webpage you are sent to is legitimate!About 99% of business you contact that way will be happy to help, because they don't want the bad word-of-mouth that comes from unwanted e-mails clogging people's inboxes.There will be a few businesses -- especially those who use third-party companies to manage their mailing lists -- who won't respond.Yes, this is not pleasant to deal with, but it's easier than you might think when those first 150 e-mails turn up. Junk email is one of the facts of the web, frustrating as it can be.(Try to avoid actually opening the e-mail, just in case it has a malware script embedded in it.) Now go directly to the business' website from the Google link, and look for a "contact us" link.