Avoiding Spam

Spam is defined as unwanted email messages sent in bulk to large numbers of recipients. It is the Internet-version of the “junk mail.”  

The US Congress passed a law to regulate deceptive commercial electronic mail messages, called the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (“CAN-SPAM Act”). The CAN-SPAM Act establishes requirements for sending commercial email and gives consumers [sic] (they mean citizens) the right to ask senders to stop spamming them. Note the use of the word ask rather than demand or require. Good luck with that!

How to protect yourself

  1. Use a spam filter on all email accounts.
  2. Only open email messages from sources you know and trust.
  3. Exercise caution when opening emai messages, attachments, when downloading programs from the Internet, or when clicking on links.