Introduction - What is SPAM?
flooding the Internet with many copies of the same
message, in an attempt to force the message on
people who would not otherwise choose to receive it.
Most spam is commercial advertising, often for
dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or
quasi-legal services. SPAM costs the sender very
little to send -- most of the costs are paid for
by the recipient or the carriers rather than by
Email spam targets individual users with direct
mail messages. Email spam lists are often
created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing
Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for
addresses. Email spams typically cost users
money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people -
anyone with measured phone service - read or
receive their mail while the meter is running,
so to speak. Spam costs them additional money.
On top of that, it costs money for ISPs and
online services to transmit spam, and these
costs are transmitted directly to subscribers.
Basic rules to avoid
and minimize SPAM
Spammers use special programs that extract
email addresses from Web sites and Usenet
postings. To avoid ending on a spammer's mailing
list when you post to a Web forum or a
newsgroup, you can obscure your email address by
inserting something obvious into it. If my email
address is firstname.lastname@example.org, I modify it to
Never reply to spam messages, even when they
entice you to reply to "remove" you from their
mailing lists. Often the instructions are either
bogus, or a way to collect more addresses.
Replying confirms to the spammers that your
e-mail address is active, and you may receive
even more junk mail
Remove your email address from your
website's pages and provide a web based mail
form instead. This way spammers can't send
robots to your page to harvest email addresses
and put them on their mailing lists.