Digital point of sale (POS) systems are becoming more prevalent, giving rise to digital receipts. Oftentimes, we’d rather skip the tax write-off if it means that we may receive SMS and email spam.
Have you ever received a sudden onslaught of spam and wondered where it came from? Bulc Club Statistics make it easy for you to identify who sold your email address and block their spam instantly, with the flip of a switch.
While researching for this case study, we pored through hundreds of emails we’ve received from online services. We found a contest that surreptitiously sold our Bulc Club email address to a number of vendors. We found an online jobs list that shared our information with a handful of third parties. But when we looked into Instant Checkmate—mentioned briefly in our Spam Watchdog article—we found the ideal example for a case study on identifying and blocking a spammer.
Oftentimes, we enter online sweepstakes to win vacations, shopping sprees, and other free things. The downside to these contests is that we’re providing our email addresses to businesses with the intent of sending us newsletters and information about their services. In fact, the collection of email addresses is likely the reason the business created the contest in the first place.
If you enter a contest with your personal email address, it’s sometimes difficult to unsubscribe to these newsletters once the contest is over. As we know, clicking the “unsubscribe” link can actually increase the number of spam messages you receive. Businesses with unethical marketing tactics use that click as a method to authenticate your email address, serving as proof that the inbox is actually checked and not just forwarded to a dead letter office.
If you enter the contest with a Bulc Club forwarder, you can simply disable the forwarder once the contest is over and you’ll never receive a message from them, nor the third parties they sold your information to, again.
Bulc Club is a membership-based email filtering and forwarding service. This means that you keep your favorite email address, but rather than giving it to businesses and third parties, you give them one of our (unlimited) forwarders, instead.
Imagine you hire a dog-walker so they can walk your dog while you’re at work. While you may be leery about trusting the business, the simple convenience of this service warrants the risk. So you give them your house key with the best of intentions.
Now imagine that a few weeks later, you learn that while the dog-walker has dutifully taken care of your dog, he also made a dozen copies of the key and gave them to some of his friends. If the friends simply watch Game of Thrones on your TV while you’re gone, it’s a breach of privacy but mostly just an annoyance. But if their intentions are more nefarious—stealing things from your home, selling them, and sharing the profit with your dog-walker—the situation becomes far worse than just a petty annoyance. You’re actually paying someone to steal from you.