How Do I Stop Solicitation Emails?

Even if you don’t know the definition of a solicitation email, the chances are that you are getting at least one or two such messages in your inbox every day.

For example, a plea from an environmental NGO to sign the petition against animal testing in China is a type of solicitation sent by email, as is a donation request for a natural disaster relief fund. 

The purpose of a solicitation email is to convince the recipient to donate to a cause, join a fundraiser or petition, or purchase a product or service.

What Is the CAN-SPAM Act?

The CAN-SPAM Act is a legal document established by the Federal Trade Commission in 2003 to set the rules for commercial emails. The Act applies to all electronic mail whose sole purpose is advertising and promoting products. This means that every company sending marketing emails must comply with this law. If they break the rules, they are subject to penalties of up to $43,200.

The main principle underpinning the CAN-SPAM Act is that every marketing email needs to comply with at least one of the following:

  • Include the unsubscribe button 
  • Provide instructions on how to opt-out from receiving further promotional emails

Enroll in a “Do Not Mail” or “Do Not Email” Spam List

If you’ve had it up to here with unwanted physical mail cramming your mailbox, you can register your postal address at the Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) consumer website. There is a processing fee of $2 for a ten-year period. Once you create your account, follow DMA’s step-by-step instructions on how to specify which mail you no longer want to receive. 

If you’re struggling with unsolicited spam emails, you should enroll in DMA’s Email Preference Service.

Can You Stop Solicitation Emails on Your Own?

Any solicitation email sent by a legal entity (such as a non-profit organization or charity) should always come with an option to unsubscribe. Typically, the unsubscribe button will be placed at the bottom of the email. Sometimes you just need to click on the button. In other cases, you will be taken to a website to confirm your decision to unsubscribe.

The process of stopping spam emails can also be applied to unwanted solicitation emails.

If there is no unsubscribe option or you didn’t give the sender of the permission to contact you by email, you should report this as email abuse.  

How to Stop Solicitation Emails With DoNotPay 

Are you tired of spam emails filling your inbox or hitting the unsubscribe button a thousand times? No matter how many emails you delete or unsubscribe from, do they keep coming back in even larger numbers?

What if we told you that DoNotPay could take care of this problem for good? With the help of our app, you will be able to manage your inbox and get rid of irrelevant solicitation emails without breaking a sweat.

Keep a lid on irrelevant solicitation and spam emails by doing the following:

  1. Open DoNotPay in your web browser or the iOS app 
  2. Select Spam Collector 
  3. Type in your email address to link it to DoNotPay 
  4. Forward the next unsolicited email to spam@donotpay.com

After you complete the process, you can expect two things to happen. We will unsubscribe you from that mailing list automatically and then notify you if there is a settlement or an active class-action lawsuit against the sender. If so, a red flag will show up in your Spam Collector tab. 

You can decide to join the lawsuit and possibly get compensation. How does a quick $500 in damages sound?

What Are Phishing Emails and How to Stop Them?

Not all solicitation emails are legitimate or honest, so you should always apply caution and common sense when reviewing the request. Email scammers may ask for donations for false causes or pretend to be from well-known non-profits, such as Greenpeace, Salvation Army, or ASPCA Donation.

Phishing is a specific form of online fraud that often takes place via email. Phishers are posing as reputable and established companies, trying to trick you into giving away your personal or credit card details. Here is how you can conduct an email scam check.

Whatever you do, do not click any links or attachments in the suspicious email. With DoNotPay, you can easily stop receiving such emails and protect yourself from online fraud.

How to Recognize if the Solicitation Email Is Genuine

It’s difficult to believe that there are people out there who fabricate fundraising requests for fictitious causes. Unfortunately, scammers posing as charities and other non-profit organizations are a common scam scheme. 

Here’s how you can assess whether the solicitation email you received is a fake one:

Likely Genuine

Likely Scam
The message is from a well-known organization that has your consent to email you

The email is thanking you for a donation you don’t remember making

The email is putting no pressure on you to donate or contribute

The email is pressuring you to donate or contribute urgently
The sender is providing a safe way to receive donations, such as a reputable payment processing system that accepts credit cards

The sender is asking you to donate by wiring funds or sending cash

The email contains detailed and transparent information about the cause or project in question

The sender is someone you never heard of before
The message contains links to the organization’s website or a contact phone number 

The email appears to be from a well-known organization, but the contact info is missing and the style of the message is suspicious

Don’t Forget There’s Spam in Your Mailbox Too!

Junk mail also comes in a physical form, so it’s not only creating annoyance but adding up to a lot of unnecessary waste. 

DoNotPay has a solution to that. By using our DoNotMail feature, your mailbox will never be clogged up by junk again. All you have to do is access DoNotPay via the web or iOS app and:

  1. Go to the DoNotMail tab  
  2. Click the Enroll Button 
  3. Send a picture of the received junk mail to spam@donotpay.com 

By sending us photos of your mail, we will make sure to unsubscribe you from those senders and help clean up your mailbox. 

Just like with spam emails, a red flag will pop up in your DoNotPay dashboard if there’s a class-action settlement reached with the junk mail sender. You will then have the option to join the list of class members and earn up to $500 in compensation cash!

You Can Rely on DoNotPay for a Variety of Issues

When you access DoNotPay from your web browser or the free-to-download iPhone app, you will open the door to a world of cutting-edge tools and features designed to save you money and simplify your life.

If you’re looking to curb your donation-related costs, like canceling your Save The Children subscription or discontinuing your ACLU donation, DoNotPay can help you manage the process. We can also assist with blocking spam on your Android or iOS device.

Check out our app if you are looking to: