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Reporting Spam in the U.S.

When it comes to spam emails, we all get them-no matter how cautious we may be and what kinds of email accounts we have. This said, few of us consider reporting spam and spammers to the proper authorities. Why is this? Most often, those with an onslaught of spam mail in their inboxes, consider receiving spam a nuisance, but do not bother to report it; because they think it is timely, futile, or they just don?t how. In this section on spam and spammers, we evaluate the latter of these reasons, by educating you on the protocol involved with reporting unsolicited emails to the proper authorities: email providers, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice-as well as non-U.S. authorities.

Before we begin to discuss how one would go about reporting spam; it is perhaps wise, to explain exactly what spam is-that is, how it is defined. So often, many of us talk about being spammed-and are referring to be being bothered by email advertisements. What spam is, is actually email communication that is unsolicited and/or deceptive. By terming it "unsolicited?, we mean that you did not request it, as a part of any kind of newsletter signup or notification. Moreover, the reference to "deceptive? practice in email communications, refers to emails that look like they are from a trusted source-such as a bank or account-or ask for money for a purpose that is not upheld. This covers a lot of ground when it comes to emails, so it should be understood that a lot of spam can and should be reported accordingly.

One of the most vital authorities to be aware of when dealing with spam-whether it be excessive, of an offensive nature, or simply unsolicited-is the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This federal bureau is in place to protect businesses and consumers from any unfair practice in trade-or commerce. Under the federal act in place to combat spam, the CAN-SPAM Act; consumers are afforded certain rights in regards to the advertisements they receive online. In this category, we offer info on how the U.S. Federal Trade Commission interacts with spam legislation; as well as how to go about reporting emails you have received that are unsolicited and deceptive.

Integral to the more serious of spam incidents is the reporting of this illegal spam to the U.S. Department of Justice. While most of the normal dealings of the DOJ in this country revolves around more standard of criminal activity; more and more, authorities have started to consider spam a dangerous and-in some instances-as serious crime as others. This said, using them as a resource to learn about what spam is, common manifestations of it, and also, how to report it; is a significant step in the global war against illegal email solicitation. In this category, we examine just how one would go about reporting spam to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Another venue for reporting any kind of spam communication you receive, is through your own email provider. While this is just a start to the full process of identifying and penalizing spam and spammers; it is still a valid means of reporting illegal spam emails-to thwart future activity from the particular sender of your spam. In this section, we evaluate how a person receiving unwanted emails would go about reporting them to their particular email account provider.

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