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I apparently clicked on a "my points" link recently and filled out some info. They are "double-opt-in" but I'm suspicious of giving ANY organization that sort of information just to earn discount passes to restaurants, etc.

Wondering if anyone has any information on them? Any SC users a member of MyPoints? I don't buy all that much on-line, but it would be nice to earn some bonuses once in awhile if it's safe! :-)

Thanks...

Mods-- feel free to move this to a different forum if you like. Wasn't sure where it would be most on-topic, but since it covered spammy issues, I thought I'd post it here. :)

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I apparently clicked on a "my points" link recently and filled out some info. They are "double-opt-in" but I'm suspicious of giving ANY organization that sort of information just to earn discount passes to restaurants, etc.

'Double 0pt-in' is a derogatory term that was coined by spammers in order to make "confirmed opt-in" appear to be a redundant burden being imposed on email marketers. Anyone claiming to be "double 0pt-in" is either

  1. admitting to being a spammer
  2. deriding a procedure intended to protect both the recipients and senders
  3. or is announcing their ignorance.

NEVER trust any sender that claims to be double 0pt-in.

Edited by Spambo

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It's a scam, before you know it, they will charge 70 some bucks on your crdit card. Do a search on them at Better Business Bureau!

Thanks... Looking at the BBB info is not very encouraging. Frankly, I'm not positive I remember asking to sign up in the first place... I suspect I may have partially completed that during a survey a few weeks ago for an online vendor I use (NewEgg) but I don't know for sure.

Guess I'll nuke that email I received from them to avoid accidentally clicking on the "confirm."

Another question is whether they will abide by my wishes if I click on the "remove me" link.... Probably not. :(

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MyPoints (and several other of the same ilk) get messy, to say the least. Putting it all into place, basically runs your browser through a proxy server, such that all your buying habits get included into "your" bonus stuff .... I don't think I can tell you how many systems I've taken this garbage off of in order to get them back into working condition ... and of those folks, I can't recall a one that said "it was a great deal, I'm going to miss it" ....???? I've yet to be surprised at a second visit to one of these folks and found that they'd re-installed it.

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MyPoints (and several other of the same ilk) get messy, to say the least.  Putting it all into place, basically runs your browser through a proxy server, such that all your buying habits get included into "your" bonus stuff ....  (snip)

Heh... they'd have a hard time doing that with me... I don't run WinDoze... :-) And they really can't do anything much to my browser under linux without my permission, which I don't give 'em... :-)

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Hard to believe how handy that BBB search engine can be. There were times when I answer my phone to such companies promissing the moon and the stars. I told them hold on and while they were waiting I started reading to them the BBB complains. Very comforting and reassuring.

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MyPoints (and several other of the same ilk) get messy, to say the least.  Putting it all into place, basically runs your browser through a proxy server, such that all your buying habits get included into "your" bonus stuff ....  (snip)

Heh... they'd have a hard time doing that with me... I don't run WinDoze... :-) And they really can't do anything much to my browser under linux without my permission, which I don't give 'em... :-)

But, then you'd be hard pressed to "earn those points" and see the "specialized deals, just for you" that are part f "the package" ...

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I've been a member of MyPoints since the old days when I didn't know a durn thing about spam. I haven't downloaded their little toolbar, but I did sign up to receive promo e-mails (to a specified Yahoo account that goes on all sign ups to anything), and all I do is click a link to accumulate points. They're not tracking my browsing habits because I have nothing from them installed. They just know that I'm utilizing the links. I really don't care about that part.

I've gotten a lot of free stuff for clicking those links. I don't have any complaints.

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