Spam is the nickname given to the official name as UCE – Unsolicited Commercial Email. This means you get an email with some sort of soliciting of sales – selling something or links enclosed to go to for the same. To make a sale – get revenue, profit. This is ILLEGAL by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and is punishable in various degrees. California not to long ago made it a fine of $500.00 for EACH UCE Spam sent to an email address. Oft times there may be up to hundreds sent to an address as the same content and sender in a month’s time. Other forms of punishment can include usually instant closing of the account by an ISP or other entity such as Yahoo Abuse Teams closing and offending email account that sends spams. There can be fines and as well the sender may even get barred from an ISP for life.
Check your Inbox Settings and make sure you enable the “Bulk” or “Spam” folder. The email entity scans for Unsolicited email and phisher type emails as you are downloading new email and will automatically place them in this Inbox folder for examination and caution. Generally about a 90 to 99 percent detection rating with all. They additionally will not place emails from your Contacts in this folder.
You have to identify what an unsolicited email you may receive is…..
Unsolicited means you did not request this. It means the sender is not a known contact. Unsolicited means the email is unexpected and out of the blue and unwanted.
NOTE YOU MUST ALWAYS INCLUDE MESSAGE FULL HEADERS IN ANY FORWARDED OFFENDING EMAIL FOR INVESTIGATION OF IT OR IT HITS THE TRASH CAN.
UCE / UNSOLICITED COMMERCIAL EMAIL
Does it have commercial (sales, revenue, for profit content) content ? Are you sure you never signed up for this type emails from a website ? These get reported to the FTC UCE and as well you can report it to the offender’s ISP for action. UCE is a TOS Violation – Violation of Terms Of Service for any email entity such as the providing ISP as AOL, MSN, Earthlink, Yahoo Mail, etc etc etc. Generally these sender accounts are immediately shut down permanently and sender pursued if appropriate. End of story from that offender for the time being.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Forward unsolicited commercial email (spam), including phishing messages, directly to the FTC at email@example.com. These messages will be stored in a database law enforcement agencies use in their investigations.
This is NOT spam but nevertheless is unsolicited, meaning you did not sign up for any emails from the sender or their newsletters or website interaction etc etc etc. – it is an email from an unknown contact. The content of these are NOT commercial, but more or less just conversation type content or even simply blabberings from an unknown contact you never gave your address to or permission to contact you. THESE get reported to the offender’s ISP which was traditionally like abuse @ domain .com AOL, MSN, Earthlink, Yahoo Mail, etc etc etc. Things changed a little and you may have to go to the ISP website to get the proper address to report UCE and Unsolicited Email.
Unsolicited Email is a Violation of Terms Of Service (TOS) of ANY ISP, email entity, as AOL, MSN, Earthlink, Yahoo Mail, etc etc etc. Punishment has traditionally been a written email warning from the Email entity. A Second and subsequent actions include closing the email account and fine, suspension of ISP service for 6 months and fine, permanent barring from an ISP for life and fine and up to 10 years imprisonment even. There is of course the other TOS Violations as hate mail and illegal activity email and etc etc etc. So the punishments are quite varied. If someone is bothering with sending emails unsolicited and they are warned to stop it and continue – this generally ends up as account closed and at least 6 month suspension of ISP internet service – off line and can not do it no more. End of story for that time being.
These are illegal as well and are generally some unsolicited email most times posing as an official entity such as a legal bank or credit card company or other known establishment. Many times they even have official looking company logos etc on them to appear legitimate. They generally always include a link (if not an virus laced attachment) like even like a fake Facebook account email saying something like “Your account was locked down due to hacked illegal activity. Please click the link to sign in and verify your address….” . Any variations on the theme like “ABC Credit Cards has changed their sign in process website. Please log in with your user name and password….” or “Please update your password to ensure continued security with your account…” blah blah blah.
What happens is if you get duped, you are signing into a fake malicious rigged website that is recording your user name and password and to what financial or social website it belongs to. Form there, they go onto trash social accounts or get your contacts and otherwise pursue some Identity Theft scenario.
REPORT THESE TO…..
US-CERT collects phishing email messages and website locations so that we can help people avoid becoming victims of phishing scams.
You can report phishing to us by sending email to
You can also use Microsoft tools to report a suspected phishing scam. Internet Explorer. While you are on a suspicious site, click the gear icon and then point to Safety.
In your Email Message Headers you may also be able to determine the offender’s IP number and do a IP look up online at handfuls of free services for this. It may give a clue as to the sender.
Put this in a search engine (google it)
ip number look up
….shows a list of them.
These are excellent seemless well known and used programs. The free ones work best the more “aggressive” the settings you use. These are not going to work with your normal ISP Subscription (AOL, MSN, Earthlink, Juno, etc) – they work with POP Mail you can set up with the accounts you have and not with the ISP software. The free ones are spam filters that will strike through the known spam subject line of the message with (*****) the five asterik stars in front of and in back of the spam subject line. I have used everything here and they generally do not miss or make mistakes. The shareware (buy) ones create a small toolbar and a seperate folder not allowing the spam into the Inbox. They all have quick settings and are very , very quick to set up.
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