DO NOT REPLY TO SPAM
DO NOT OPEN OR RESPOND to spam email.
Opening spam can often alert spammers that they have reached a working
email address and potentially sell your email address to other spammers.
If you do not know the sender and the subject line has odd characters
or is misspelled, we suggest that you do not open the email but
to delete the email.
If you open a spam e-mail by accident,
DO NOT UNSUBSCRIBE from spam that you receive. Many spammers
use unsubscribe requests to verify that email addresses are in fact
legitimate. Once you unsubscribe, they know the email was received.
This actually makes your email address more valuable to spammers.
If you believe that you are receiving an unwanted bulk email from
a reputable company, un-subscribing will most likely be safe and
should be done. However, if you don't know the sender, don't unsubscribe
DO NOT PURCHASE products/services from
spam ads. By purchasing from spam ads, you are enabling
the spammer to accomplish their goal of making money and using spam
as a way to advertise their products. Once you have made a purchase,
you are now open to receiving additional spam.
DO NOT REPLY to or forward long chain letters
that you receive via email. Spammers may collect email addresses
from some of these chain letters that are passed through hundreds
and sometimes thousands of groups of email users. Also, if you choose
to send out "joke" e-mails to groups of people, ensure
that they actually wish to receive such things. If they don't you
are only clogging up their mailbox and, if the e-mail contains and
attached video or picture, it may be infected with a virus or trojan.
DO NOT SIGNUP for any service
that claims to be a “Do Not Spam List,” similar to the
FCC’s “Do Not Call List.” Many of these services
are fraudulent and actually may lead to your email address being
added to more Spam lists.
PROTECT YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS
AVOID SHARING YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS.
Avoid providing your email address when you are unsure how it will
be utilized. In addition, read the fine print when you sign up for
newsletters and memberships. Many times opt-in check boxes are pre-checked
when you sign up. Uncheck the opt-in check box if you do not want
to be included in a membership directory or to avoid receiving emails
about company promotions etc. In addition, do not give your email
address away unless you are confident that the recipient is a trusted
party. If it is an optional request from a third party, leave it
blank. If it is required, it is best to use a temporary email alias
address or an email account that you have with a free provider such
as Yahoo! or Hotmail.
DO NOT POST YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS ONLINE.
You'd be surprised how often you use your email address for newsletter
subscriptions, in chat rooms or to join online groups. Before you
post your email address, know whether it will be displayed or used.
Then use a "public" email address when necessary.
MAINTAIN MULTIPLE E-MAIL ACCOUNTS.
While handling multiple email accounts may be cumbersome, many people
find it useful to have public and private email accounts. For example,
you could use your company address for business purposes, but create
a personal Hotmail or Yahoo account to use on the Internet for message
boards and newsletters. Therefore, if the Hotmail/Yahoo address
becomes proliferated with spam, it can be discarded and a new account
can be established. When establishing an email account, it is a
good idea to combine letters and numbers: j123smith@. The combination
of letters and numbers makes it more difficult for the spammers
to guess your email address than if it were letters only: jsmith@.
DO REGULAR SEARCHES on Google
or another large search engine for your email address to determine
if it can be found by spammers.
UTILIZE YOUR E-MAIL PROGRAM
AVOID RECEIVING E-MAIL IN HTML FORMAT.
Some spam messages are sent in HTML format and may contain hidden
codes. If such a message is previewed via the preview pane of your
email client, the hidden codes can alert the spammer that they've
reached a working email address. In order to prevent the receipt
of HTML messages, you can set your email client to deliver the messages
in plain text format only.
FILTER YOUR INCOMING E-MAIL. The
means to do this will vary between mail clients. If your software
has this capability (such as Outlook Express, Outlook or Calypso),
you should find instructions on how to do it in the help section
on your email program. (Help should be in the top right corner of
your e-mail program's toolbar)
IF YOU HAVE A WEBSITE
One of the most prominent ways that Spammers collect
email addresses is by writing automatic scripts that crawl the Internet
and pick email addresses off of Web sites. For this reason, email
users and Webmasters should ONLY PUBLISH GENERIC EMAIL ALIASES ON
THE WEB. These aliases should, preferably, be replaceable so that
once spammers pick up on the aliases, they can be discarded and
replaced with another alias address.
DO NOT RELY ON AOL or other generic
email addresses for business purposes. Many companies that provide
free email services make money by selling email addresses and subscriber
information to spammers, advertisers and other third party marketing
HIDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR WEBSITE
– ask your web developer how to minimize the exposure of e-mail
address to spammers without the risk of losing customers wanting
to contact you.
AVOID USING AURO-RESPONDERS. Auto-responders
are out-of-office messages. Be aware that if your auto-responder
is active when you receive spam, the auto-responder will confirm
the existence of your email address to the spammer.
REPORT SPAMMERS TO THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISION
BY FORWARDING SPAM TO firstname.lastname@example.org
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