QUESTION:Have you been affected by junk email from people you
do not know?
It is no surprise if you do. Just as more people use email as part of their
daily routine, many marketers use email messages to pitch their products and
services. Some consumers say they find unsolicited commercial emails - also known
as "Spam" - annoying and time consuming; others say they have lost
money to bogus offers that arrive via email.
Do not respond. If you do, the "Spammer" will have confirmation
that your email address is active - and probably will "Spam" you again.
If the "Spammer's" return address is invalid, your message will go
as far as your Internet service provider (ISP) and increase the burden on its
Protect your email address. Do not give it to anyone you do not want to have
it. Use a second email address for public activities, like participating in newsgroups
or maintaining a web page. Often, “Spammers” use software to "harvest" email
addresses from chat rooms, web pages, on-line bulletin sites, and Usenet postings.
Read the fine print. When you register for services or order products online,
do not give out your email without knowing how the receiver will use it. Read
taking your business to a site that does.
Use “Spam” filter software or an email forwarding service that
will filter “Spam” for you. Check with your ISP about filter services
they provide for your email account, and ask the ISP how it's protecting you
Forward the "Spam" email to the FTC at email@example.com.
For more information about protecting your privacy online, identifying scams
and filing a complaint, visit the FTC at www.ftc.gov.