Spam, Junk Mail and Unwanted Email: Resources for Protection Yourself

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Email Spam

What is Spam?

Spam is the use of electronic messaging systems (mainly email) to send unsolicited bulk messages to multiple people simultaneously.  While the most widely recognized form of spam is e-mail spam, the term is applied to similar abuses in other media such as: Instant messaging, Newsgroups, Search engines, in blogs, Wikis, Online classified ads, Mobile phone messaging, Internet forums, Junk fax transmissions and Social networking.

E-mail spam today is usually sent via “zombie networks”, which are networks of virus- or worm-infected personal computers in homes and offices around the planet.  Many modern worm viruses install a “backdoor” that allows spammers to access computers and use them for malicious purposes, such as to send unwanted messages. This complicates attempts to control the spread of these unwanted messages, as in many cases the message doesn’t even originate from the spammer.

What is a Spammer?

A spammer is a person who sends unwanted email. Usually, these are people who think that they are going to get rich on the Internet by flooding inboxes with unwanted email messages and hoping for a response. They often do get a response. However, the response is from outraged people who receive the unwanted email and complain to the ISP of the spammer, which usually gets the offenders dial-in accounts, email addresses, and/or web pages removed. Instead of deleting, become one of those who fight the garbage. Just try fighting

Resources for Reporting and Combating

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