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Law Enforcement Bureau

Investigations Division

High Tech Crimes Unit - Spam (Unsolicited E-mail)

Spam e-mail is simply commercial advertising. The name Spam, was derived long ago from a Monty Pyton skit about the actual product whereas the actors chant the word Spam throughout the production. Due to the amount of e-mails recieved, the Internet community called the unsolicited e-mail, "Spam". Often times it markets suspicious products or “get rich quick” promotions. Spam is sent out at an extremely low cost to the sender, forcing most of its expenditure to be paid for by the recipient. E-mail spam is sent to individual users via direct e-mail messages. Spam mailing lists are created by stealing or purchasing Internet mailing lists, searching the web for addresses, and examining Usenet postings.

Spam e-mail presents a monetary cost not only to users who use a time-measured Internet service, but also to ISPs and online services that transmit these messages; costs pushed directly on to subscribers.

Pueblo HTCU regularly receives e-mails from citizens frustrated about finding spam messages in their inboxes. Unfortunately, no law in Colorado prohibits spam e-mail. Even if the e-mail contains sexually explicit images, it is legal. The only exception is when the e-mail contains child pornography, which is illegal.

When you receive unwanted spam, forward it to your Internet Service Provider as a complaint. Sending spam is against the terms of service for most Internet Service Providers and could result in the termination of the sender’s account.

Do not respond (unsubscribe) to the e-mail and request that you be taken off of their mailing list. This only alerts them that you have received the spam, that this is a good email address, and will probably result in you receiving additional unwanted e-mail.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains a database that contains spam e-mail. You may forward your spam email to them at uce@ftc.gov.

More tips on Spam

    If you often get spam from the same outfit, “filter” them out in the future. Use the “help” button in your e-mail program to search for filter and learn how to throw unwanted messages in the trash automatically by typing in certain key terms in the subjects, or an e-mail address.

    Consider creating a secondary e-mail account through a free service provider. Use this account when doing anything online that might bring spam e-mail.

    You may want to discuss your frustration with the Congressional delegation that represents your area and express your need for relief from this growing problem.

For further information, please visit:

      Spamcop.net, which offers a reporting service that will help you report spam quickly and easily.

      The SpamCon Foundation, protects e-mail as a viable communication and commerce medium by supporting measures to reduce the amount of unsolicited email that crosses private networks, while ensuring that valid e-mail reaches its destination.

      The Federal Trade Commission web site, , can also provide you with some good information regarding spam.


 

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