What is Spam?
Last Updated: 26/11/08
Information on what spam is and how to prevent it
Tips on how to generally prevent Spam
- Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email as this funds future spam
- Delete email from unknown senders
- Never respond to spam even to unsubscribe from the mailing lists
- Use the “bcc” field if you email many people at once. The “bcc” or blind copy field allows for the list of recipients to be hidden from other users.
- Never publish email addresses on websites, newsgroups etc. Spammers use programs to surf the Internet and find addresses in such places.
- Only provide main email addresses to trusted people and organisations.
Spam is unsolicited commercial email. Spam is profitable as spammers can send millions of emails in a single operation for a negligible cost. If even only one out of ten thousand makes a purchase then the spammer has profited.
Common types of spam include:
- Qualifications – university degrees or professional titles available for purchase
- Financial services – mortgages, loans or debt reducing schemes
- Share price booster schemes.
- On-line gambling
- Cut price or pirate software