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What is E-mail Spam?
E-mail spam, also known as junk e-mail and bulk mail involves nearly identical messages being sent to numerous recipients by e-mail. The definition of spam email usually include the aspects that email is unsolicited and sent in bulk. The term email spam is an Internet slang for unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk email. Many people will refer to this kind of email communication as junk email to equate it with the paper junk mail that you receive through the US Mail. Unsolicited email usually contains advertisements for services or products, but it also can be a way to harvest personal information from you. There are only a very few reputable marketers use UCE to advertise. Most spam email will use tricks to get you to read their messages. For example, they use the Subject line to entice you to open the message. The worst thing about spam is that the spammers use many tricks to disguise the origin of their messages. E-mail spam has steadily grown since the early 1990ís to several billion messages a day. Many people feel that spam has frustrated, confused, and annoyed all e-mail users.
If you get spam email that you think is deceptive, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The FTC uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.
Some email spam includes:
- Phishing scams are a very popular and dangerous form of email spam fraud
- Letters from Foreign bank and advance fee fraud schemes
- Multilevel marketing scams
- Make Money Fast and easy schemes
- Ads for pornographic web sites
- Unsolicited software for collecting email addresses.
- Chain letters to grab email addresses.
- And more
Email spammers will sometimes buys a list of email addresses from a list broker who compiles it by harvesting addresses from various places on the Internet. E-mail addresses can be collected from places like chat rooms, websites requesting email information, newsgroups, and viruses which harvest users address book. As a precaution Try not to display your email address in public. That includes newsgroup postings, chat rooms, websites or in an online serviceís membership directory.
Laws against spam have been sporadically implemented, with some being opt-out and others requiring opt in e-mail.
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