How to Avoid Being the Target of Unwanted E-mail: Protecting Yourself from Spam
Have you ever received junk e-mail from people you didn?t know? If you have, you?re not alone in your frustration with this ever growing phenomenon called ?Spam.? Spam is any unsolicited commercial e-mail that is used as a marketing tool to attract the recipient to ?try the product of?, ?visit the website of? or ?invest in a money making scheme with? the sender (i.e. the spammer).
Spammers generally acquire e-mail addresses by purchasing lists of addresses from a ?broker? who compiles that list from information received from a ?harvester.? A harvester finds e-mail addresses on the internet from places like newsgroup postings, websites, chat rooms, homepages or online directories; the most effective means to avoid being the recipient of spam is to avoid displaying your e-mail address in publicly accessible places like these. The following tips are other methods of protecting yourself from spam:
If you are still receiving spam, report it to your ISP and the spammers ISP. Most ISPs do not want to be the vehicle or the recipient of spam. You can also report deceptive or misleading junk e-mail to the Office of the Attorney General?s Bureau of Consumer Protection - for example, messages with concealed senders or distorted subject lines. When reporting these e-mails, make sure to include the spammer?s full e-mail header; if you do not know how to find this information, contact your ISPs technical support representative.
Finally, if you do receive spam, don?t fall victim to these common scams that spam transmits to consumers:
For more information, contact the Office of the Attorney General?s Bureau of Consumer Protection at 800-441-2555.