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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

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