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How to Report Spam

Email communications are today, not just a prevalent means of business and personal communication; but often, the main means of communication-picking up the ball in convenience, dependability, and versatility where other means of communication may fail. As technology moves us faster and faster towards a more developed and seemingly more sophisticated society of convenience, streamline capabilities, and business/personal success; surely, email can take its place center stage as one of the most significant catalysts for this global success. While there are few things people can say about the opportunity of their business and personal emails in the way of complaints, there is of course, the subject of spam.

Spam-while a notable feature of most email accounts-is a manner in which businesses promote themselves. This said, there is confusion as to what separates a legitimate advertising campaign from an illegal spamming of one?s inbox. Spam is defined as being unsolicited and/or deceptive by all organizations that help regulate its use and function-this being your email provider, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Trade Commission. If an email is unsolicited, it means that it wasn?t a result of the recipient signing up for it-such as is the case with many business e-newsletters. If an email is deceptive; it is one which misrepresents itself, in order to have the recipient either open the email or send money or personal information.

While this definition makes the identifying of spam seemingly easy; it should be noted that just as we learn new ways to report and tackle spam-spammers learn even newer ways to fool us. This said, one must always keep vigilant over their inboxes, and know how to report spam when they see it.

If you have a U.S. email account-that is, one through a U.S. email provider-you?ll need to know how to address reporting spam abuse to the proper authorities. There are basically three different entities that can help you bring about results by reporting your spam to them. They are: the U.S. Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, and your specific email provider. While all of these authorities-of course-work on different scales of law and order; all should be incorporated for a successful mission to reduce spam. In this section, we examine all of these factions of authority-how they operate, what protocols they require, and what results can occur by reporting this information to them.

With all this talk about how to successfully report spam emails in this country, some well may be wondering, "how would I go about filing a report of spam in another country??.  As each country is obviously its own, different rules and laws apply, as regards receiving spam emails. Moreover, many have various means of penalizing those who spam, as well as different definitions of spam. In this section, we address this topic in a general way, in order to best guide the novice who is receiving spam-but in another country, other than the United States.

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