What mailing lists are you on? Are they all legitimate, or do you get a queasy feeling about a couple of them?
The Security Industry Association advises that you be wary of come-ons for mailing lists.
“In recent years,” SIA explains, “we have seen an increase in the prevalence of scams and the fraudulent business practice of selling falsified or stolen mailing lists. In this type of scam, an individual may receive an email request to purchase the mailing list of an association’s members and/or the attendees or exhibitors of a major event or trade show…
“These unscrupulous practices are sadly very common and impact many industry associations and groups that host events. In these cases, the scammers do not represent the associations or events whose lists they claim to be selling.”
Before you hand out cash to connect with a mailing list, be confident of its validity. Not every offer that flashes by on a computer screen is legitimate.