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Retailer receipts go digital

Stores love to ask for your email address so they can send promotions and coupons. I always say no. I don’t want anymore junk email, but I recently re-considered when a retailer told me they’d send the receipt to my email address. I always lose receipts, and this seemed like a way to solve that problem.

E-receipts are gaining in popularity, and I expect they will begin to change the shopping experience this holiday season. They were used on a limited basis during last holiday season, but this year I think they will become an option at more stores.

Macy’s is still giving out regular receipts and sending you an e-receipt. Ask before you sign up because some retailers are just using e-receipts. I think it’s a great tool for the forgetful or busy shopper. It’s so easy to misplace that piece of paper that’s worth so much money. Some stores won’t return an item without a receipt, so lose that slip of paper and you’re not getting your money back. Probably just a merchandise credit which means you  have to buy more items and probably spend more money at that store.

The email looks just like a receipt and it includes everything I bought. I think e-receipts are a great resource and added protection for shoppers just in case that little piece of paper disappears.

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Ordering flowers online may lead to junk email

Thinking about sending mom flowers for Mothers’ Day?  While you can get most items cheaper online, flowers are one thing that are better when they’re locally delivered.  You’ll pay less at a local florist because you’re not paying a middleman.  I’ve also learned since my Valentine’s Day test for NewsChannel 5, that you can also avoid a barrage of floral reminders if you skip the online orders.

We tested a few online sites, and needed to give our email information for billing purposes.  When you checkout, you’re usually asked if you want to receive promotional emails.  Sometimes I click the box. Sometimes I don’t. The promotional emails for 1-800-FLOWERS are like none I’ve ever received before, and I do lots of shopping online.

The emails started out slow, with just two in January.  I got four in February, and then March rolled along and the emails skyrocketed. In March, I got an email every two days and sometimes more.  In April, some days I got more than one email. Since January, I’ve received at least 60 emails.  On May 1st, I received three emails.  Mother’s Day is the obvious reason for the onslaught in the last few weeks, but is there really a need to send me more than 60 emails in such a short time?  It’s to the point where I consider them spam.

I could easily hit “unsubscribe,”  but now it’s a game to see just how many emails I’ll get. Interestingly, the floral company gives you the option to reduce the number of mailings to just once a week. They must realize they send out a lot of emails. Your other option when you hit “unsubscribe” is to completely unsubscribe.

If you do a lot of shopping online, it’s a good idea to set-up a separate email address from your primary one.  Then, you can give the secondary email to companies. If you agree to marketing material for the occasional deal, you won’t need to worry about emails clogging up your Inbox. With a secondary account, you only have to read them when you’re looking for a deal.

In the digital age, something as simple as an email address is also a security risk.  Many of us learned this the hard way as our favorite companies emailed us to tell us their email lists were hacked. The hackers may only have your email address, but what information can the hackers gain from that to steal your identity in other places? This is really a concern if your email address is your username on another site.

Enjoy the holiday this weekend, but if you must order mom a gift online — choose carefully who you give your email address to and read all the fine print associated with your order so your Inbox doesn’t get filled with junk.

Related links you may like:
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Email breach opens consumers up to SPAM

For the second time in just a few weeks, I received another email alerting me to a security alert.  Luckily, both times it appears just my email was compromised but it’s still disconcerting and makes me prone to SPAM.

Figures the latest breach is for a rewards program I don’t even use. Who knew buying a car starter for a holiday gift and later returning it would open me up to SPAM?  All I wanted to do was save some money.

Several companies were impacted when Epsilon’s database was recently hacked. The company says it’s the world’s largest email marketing provider and sends over 40 billion emails a year.

The two breaches involving my information were not related, but it shows how vulnerable and insecure your information is when you provide it to a company.

It appears only email addresses and perhaps names were accessed as part of the breach, but it’s a good reminder about phishing attacks and what you can do to prevent SPAM from clogging your Inbox.

Never respond to an email or phone call asking for personal and sensitive information. Your bank is never going to send you an email asking you to verify information or alerting you to a security breach. They’ll call you or send you a letter in the mail. Also, the IRS doesn’t need you to verify anything over the Internet and won’t send you an email alerting you to a refund. These are just some of the most common phishing attacks, but there are others.

Phishing emails usually contain a link that looks like your bank, however, if you hover over that link you’ll see the real web address that you’ll be directed to if you click on the fake link.  Phishing attacks are just one way to gain personal information in an effort to steal your identity.

Since the first attack, I have gotten a lot of SPAM. The emails I’m getting make no sense or contain a simple link. Of course, I haven’t clicked on any but it’s easy to mistakenly do it especially if the link looks like one from your bank.

Setup a separate email address for rewards offers, newsletters, & deal sites

When you sign up for rewards clubs, newsletters, money saving deal sites, and so on sign up with a different email than your primary one. That way, your main email address is not clogged with information you don’t need. You can look at the deals and offers whenever you want, and won’t feel obligated to weed through all that everyday.

While SPAM is something different than junk, SPAM sometimes comes from responding to offers. Once your email gets out there, and spammers get a hold of it you are inundated with email.

If you already are signed up for a lot of offers and think it would be hard to establish a secondary email address, set  up filters so the junk or items you don’t read everyday go to the junk mail folder and not your Inbox.

Getting rid of email you don’t want

It’s also a good idea to go through the email subscriptions you don’t really read and unsubscribe from them. There is a link on the bottom of every email from a newsletter you one time subscribed to, that tells you how to unsubscribe.

There have been reports that unsubscribing opens you up to more junk. I haven’t found that to be the case. I’ve unsubscribed quite often in the past, and never found it to be a problem.  The only problem – I don’t feel as popular anymore because I don’t get as many emails but then again that was my ultimate goal!