Unfortunately for Hormel Foods Corp., the much-maligned
luncheon meat SPAM, has become a homonym for electronic junk
mail. In the context of the Internet,
request it, or subscribe to a service.
commercial ISPs do not permit their mailservers to send bulk
e-mail. Many spammers will use mailservers from foreign
countries, but fake the e-mail header to appear that it is
coming from a reputable source (i.e. Yahoo! or IBM, etc.)
Replying to spam
e-mails is the WRONG thing to do. Usually, you
will receive a message stating there is no such address, but
most often, you confirm to the spammer that your e-mail
address is valid.
||Even if a
reply to address or a link is
offered, the goal is to verify that
your email address is good. Then your name
can be sold to other spammers.
Never respond to e-mail
spam. Do NOT reply with the word "remove.
Never! And, never sign up
with a site that says they will
remove your name from spam lists.
If you receive spam from an address such
forward the message (include the message header) to "abuse@_____.___".
Yahoo! or IBM may or may not list the address as active, but if they
do, they will usually shut it down immediately. Most ISPs and
companies have no tolerance for abuse.
* SPAM is a registered trademark of Hormel Foods Corporation
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