A "spam" e-mail is generally defined as an unsolicited
mailing, usually to many people. A message written for, and mailed
to, one individual that is known to the sender is not spam, and
a reply to an e-mail is not spam, unless the "reply" repeats
have become a separate part of the Internet, with their own host
computers, methods and politics. Many Internet sites have begun
to forbid spamming, for several reasons - one is a sense that it
is unethical, another is that, over time, other Internet sites will
stop all e-mail from that site and thus prevent legitimate e-mail
from getting through.
As a result,
spammers have begun to set up their own Internet sites that cater
to, or encourage, spamming. Don't respond to a spam e-mail. For
a spammer, one "hit" among thousands of mailings is enough
to justify the practice. Instead, if you want a product that is
advertised in a spam e-mail, go to a Web site that also carries
the product, inquire there, and tell them you do not approve of
spam methods and will not patronize a company that uses spammers.
Never respond to the spam e-mail's instructions to reply with the
This is just
a trick to get you to react to the e-mail because it alerts the
sender that a human is at his/her address, which greatly increases
its value. If you reply, your address is placed on more lists and
you receive more spam. Never sign up with sites that promise to
remove your name from spam lists. Never mail-bomb spam sites or
engage in hacking to stop spammers.
This only increases
the amount of wasted Internet traffic, creates sympathy for spammers,
and makes the Internet even less reliable than it already is.
Thank you for the weekly article in the Mirror Magazine which is
both informative and useful.
Recently I came
across a web site which I think would be of interest to many readers.
give out FREE shopping carts to anybody who needs to open an E-store.
I think this would help many young readers venturing out on to E-commerce.
- Ahmed Shareek
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