Email spamming refers to sending email to many users who do not want to receive them, resulted on flooding the Internet with unwanted junk emails. Most spam mail is
- unsolicited commercial advertising on dubious products,
- get-rich-quick schemes
- pornography material,
- quasi-legal services,
Not all unsolicited email is spam. For example, if you participated in a survey or entered a contest online, subscribed an online magazine, or just included your electronic mail address on a product registration card, there is a good chance that you will be hearing from the sponsoring organization or vendor. Usually in these cases you can send in a request not to receive further messages. However, if you know you never "opt-in" in the first place, you should not choose the "opt-out" methods as this will reassuring the spammer that spam did reach the target. Simply delete the message and forget it altogether could help defeat the purpose of the spammer.
- FAQs on Spam - Office of the Telecommunications Authority, Hong Kong
- Fight Spam on the Internet!
- Netizens Against Gratuitous Spamming (NAGS)
- Stop Spam FAQ
- The Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email (CAUCE)
- Back to our Spam Mail web site