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As you can imagine, our law firm is frequently called upon to give out helpful advice to consumers who are suffering from exposure to spam (unsolicited electronic communications, not the delicious deli treat….) We got the bright idea to collect the best free advice available on the web and pass it along to our readers. This information comes from so many sources on the web that we felt an individual credit was inadequate and so we simply thank all of the helpful bloggers out there who contributed to this blog; and you know who you are…So, here we go!

  1. Never make a purchase from an unsolicited email. By making a purchase, you may be encouraging future spam. Spammers will sell and re-sell your email address to any others that wish to buy them. You may encourage even more junk email. Worse still, you might end up the victim of a fraud. If you do not know the sender of an unsolicited email, simply delete it.
  2. Don’t use the preview mode in your email viewer. Many spammers can track when a message is viewed, even if you don’t click on the email. The preview setting effectively opens the email and lets spammers know that you are receiving their messages. When you check your email, try to decide whether a message is spam on the basis of the subject line only. Remember, spam may contain malware that damages or compromises your computer when the email is opened. Further, some malware will use your computer’s own collection of email addresses of your family, friends, and colleagues to send its code to them masking itself as an email from you. Make sure to use the bcc setting when adding the email addresses of people who have entrusted you with their email addresses to your emails.
  3. Don’t overexpose your email address. Avoid the following: a) Posting to mailing lists that are archived online, b) Submitting your address to online services with questionable privacy practices. c) Exposing your address publicly on social networks. d) Using an easily guessable address based on first name, last name and company. e)Not keeping your work and personal email separate
  4. Use email filtering software at your email gateway. You should run email filtering software at the email gateway to protect yourself from spam as well as email-borne spyware, viruses and worms.

Here is a look at some of the top spammers in the world!



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