The consequences of Spam canít be underestimated. Spam consumes enormous
amounts of capacity on the Internet making it more expensive for everyone. Even
more serious is that spam can be very annoying for so many people and the
enormous amounts of hours wasted with deleting spam messages. Spammers are
criminals who donít care if they bother 1.000.000 people to make one sale. If they
send enough messages the make still big profits.
1. Not all unsolicited email is Spam
In general Spam is defined as unsolicited "bulk" email. Spam email is that
which has been sent to thousands of email addresses indiscriminately and mostly
anonymously. Unsolicited email can also be in the form of direct email that is
personal and targeted (one-to-one). This is not regarded as Spam. Advertising by
email can be a useful tool like advertising by post or TV. Take a moment to
assess the email to ensure you're not unnecessarily blacklisting a legitimate
company who may well be able to provide you with a good service.
respond to Spam
Oh sure, they say theyíll take your name off
the list, but theyíre lying. What they really want to do is confirm that theyíve
got a live address. Also, if you respond, theyíll sell your address to every
other spammer on the planet meaning youíll soon be flooded with even more spam.
3. Do not open spam-messages
Some spam-messages are edited in html. Only opening of the message can be
enough to send automatically a confirmation that your address is valid. A good
anti-spam filter can be useful in this case.
4. Donít rely only on a Anti
The Anti Spam filter are useful but can only do their work for a part. Spammers
are always looking for methods to hide themselves, for example putting the
message in an image. Also a filter can recognize a message as spam which no is
spam and you loose it. It is necessary to check always the bulk or spam folder
if not accidentally a real message was sent that way.
5. Don't publish an e-mail address without precaution
Take precaution in how you advertise your email address. When you publish
your email address on the web, you are taking the chance that it will be picked
up by Spam operators. It is important to take proper precautions. Use a
contact-form or our service at
6. Don't use firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have your own domain donít use names like info, service, mail,
postmaster, sales etc. etc. for your email address. These are standard names
which the spammers always try with your domain name with a good chance of
7. But I already get a lot of Spam
Then you have a problem. The only real solution is the remove the email
address and create a new one.
8. Use a second or forward email address
In case you like to use services like guest books and forums then
your address can be published before you know it. Also when you subscribe
yourself for a website you donít really trust. In this case you can use a
second, less important e-mail address which you can remove easily without having
to inform all your serious contacts. If you have your own domain this is often
very easy with a "forward address". The forward-address automatically resends
every mail to your real e-mail address. If you after some time receive too much
spam on the forward address you can easily delete it and create another one.
Your real email address will be untouched.
9. Never buy something offered
Thatís seems logical but apparently are there many people who do this with
the result that the spammers make a lot of money and will go on with their
10. Never send back an e-mail bomb
Donít try by sending back big numbers of e-mails to the spammer getting back
as revenge. Real spammers you will not harm like that. Also there is a chance that you will bother an innocent e-mail user whoís e-mail address the spammer is using. Also you take the risk you will be blacklisted for sending spam.
11. Careful with messages from banks
Be extra alert with messages, which seems to be sent from banks or other
financial institutions. Lately more and more criminals use spam to try to
discover your passwords etc. If you have any doubt donít follow the instructions
in the message.
12. Do not participate with
This kind of chains are another source of e-mail address because many people
do not take care and with the forward they send large lists with addresses.
Besides that a forward message like that we can consider as Spam-message because
we didnít asked for it.
It is incredible but there are still people who believe those messages and
forward them to all their contacts. For sure you know the most famous one like.
"Bill Gates who going to give away his fortune", "Hotmail will be closed", "Some
new most dangerous virus" or "A child with serious disease who they claim could
be helped with forwarding the message". All those chain hoaxes are a lie. Donít forward that kind of messages. Send them back to
the sender and explain why forwarding is not a good idea.
If you like you can give this page as reference.
13. Do not use "send e-mail back" services.
There do exists websites which (sometimes with payment) collect all mail
(spam or no spam) which will be send to your e-mail address and afterwards an
e-mail back to the sender sends. In that mail the sender has to go to a website
where he has to confirm with a code and sometimes personal information like name
etc. After this information is entered the e-mail will be resent to the
receiver. This idea is not that bad but AntiSpamWeb does not recommend to use
that kind of service.
A. The principle to put the problem on the side of the innocent sender is not
correct. That is simple moving the problem but not solving. Still there will be
lost much time but like this it will be the innocent sender and not the
B. If you offer services on the Internet it is not professional to bother
your customers with your problem and for sure you will loss an important number of
customers who will not take the time to confirm an e-mail.
C. Delay. It is very good possible that the sender will not read the
confirmation mail immediately thinking he/she did sent a message.
D. It is possible that the confirmation mail also will be recognized my
anti-spam filters because it was send automatically. For that reason it is
possible the confirmation mail will not arrive. Besides that if members of 2
different kinds of these services will be sending mail to each other a message
it is possible it will never arrive because service 1 is waiting for service 2
and service 2 is waiting for the confirmation of service 1.
E. There are many websites which send automatically e-mail to people who
subscribed themselves for that. That is no spam. For example it can be a
password or other useful information. We canít expect from an owner of a big
website that he/she will be confirming manually big numbers of mails every day
and in practice this will not be done.
If someone using this kind of service please explain why this not should be
used. If you like you can use this page as reference: