How To Block SPAM Email That You Actually Asked For In GMAIL [Consumer]

by on July 19, 2012

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Googles Gmail - setting a filterI have an account I use to sign up for contests and experimental accounts. It’s very handy to have because no matter what the websites or contests say, it’s inevitable that you WILL start receiving email from some of these entities.

In some cases, it’s a requirement to sign up for news letters to be entered in a contest. In other cases, they “pre-mark” options to receive emails that you didn’t uncheck before entering. And in a few cases, it just starts happening, whether you like it or not.

At the moment, after my daily grind of deleting the noise from my alternate inbox, I only have almost 400 junk mails in my trash from the last 30 days. (Yes, I need to clear out the noise because I need to keep my eye out for those eventual winning announcements from the other guys that don’t spam me.)

I am kind of tired of having to review for winning announcements (LOL) and deleting things every morning, so I went ahead and removed a step by creating a filter in Google’s gmail that puts my junk directly in my trunk, or TRASH folder under GMAIL.

Here’s what I did…

First, I open my SETTINGS page in gmail.

Then I click on FILTERS.

I edit my filter, but for clarity sake, you will probably be clicking on CREATE A NEW FILTER at the bottom of the page.

Here’s the cool part…. in the filter page, you can enter multiple email sources, with ‘*’ in front of the base address in the FROM line. It can look something like this:

* | * | * | * | * | * | * | *

See how I separate the difference addresses and prepend them with the asterisk?

Now I click on CONTINUE and in the next window, I click on DELETE IT and save my new filter.


Now in the mornings, all I have to do is peek into my TRASH folder to make sure I have no winning announcements and I’m done. Google purges items in the TRASH folder that are there for more than 30 days. Insta-gone!

Now if you need to add new addresses, just go back in and edit the filter to add new addresses. You might notice that there’s a check box filled out that you didn’t fill out, called SKIP INBOX (ARCHIVE). That gets auto-checked when you set emails to go directly to your trash folder.

(In the first 24 hours, after applying my filter to my inbox, I found my trash folder holding 15 new candidates for dispersion! Nothing there said I won anything, so I could leave them where they sit. I saved myself the time of having to select each of these beasts and then clicking ‘send’ to my trash folder. It’s sweet! Especially when you are looking at 10 to 20 emails a day.)

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