What is Spam?
Spam is unsolicited commercial e-mail advertising. Think of it as Internet junk mail.
Our statistics 8/29/06!
We are battling to filter out spam and to deliver all valid email messages.
Our logs showed that 300,000 spam emails were deleted by our filters in the
past 24 hrs. There were about 10,000 messages delivered that didn't look
like spam to the filter software. We are constantly upgrading our spam
filtering system while the spammers continue their attempts to get spam past
There is no perfect spam filter. Filters are computer programs
that look for words and phrases in an attempt to block the
spam. Spammers have learned to misspell words and use html commands
to hide the content of the spam e-mail.
Tricky text the filter sees:
What you see on the spam message:
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As the filters are adjusted to catch the spammers tricks, the spammers will
adjust the tricks to defeat the filters. The battle continues.
We at 618Connect agree with www.spamhaus.org that the
CAN-SPAM Act is nothing more than the legalization of spam. Please read the
SpamHaus article about this law.
We do not expect spam to decrease with the enactment of this law.
Have you signed up to receive spam today?
Why do I get Spam?
You get spam because you have inadvertently given the spammers your e-mail address.
You probably didn't even know you were giving it to them.
Spammers get e-mail addresses from many sources:
1) They get your e-mail address from web pages: You may
have posted your e-mail address on a personal web page or in a chat room. You may be using
your e-mail address as your user id on Ebay. Any of these postings are
available to everyone on the Internet, including spammers. You should never post your personal
e-mail address anywhere on the web.
2) Spammers have bought your e-mail address: 618Connect does not
sell or give your e-mail address to ANYONE. Many web sites
ask you for personal information and e-mail addresses. The only reason
to ask for your e-mail address is to send you more e-mail. They may
only send you
messages about the service. However, they may very likely give your e-mail address to partners who intend to send
advertisments, or sell your e-mail address to someone who will send you more
spam. These companies can then do the same--selling your e-mail
address until your inbox is little more than a trash bin. When you register at a web site, you
probably also signing up for spam. As a precautionary
measure, you should never use your personal
e-mail address when signing up for anything online.
How do I prevent spam?
You can cut down on unwanted mail or possibly completely avoid it by keeping
your personal e-mail addresses private. Only send e-mail to people you know
and trust. You should set up a free e-mail
account to post on web pages and register at web sites. Both
Yahoo! and Hotmail provide free e-mail
accounts and both are perfect for the job. This free e-mail address
can easily be removed if it accumulates too much junk mail. You can then get a new free
address to post.
Help, I'm being inundated with spam! Help!
If spam is becoming unbearable, you can give us a call at
(800) 497-1349 and
we can set up a new personal e-mail address for you. While we do have our servers
running scans for e-mail coming from known spammers, it's nearly impossible
to filter out all spam without also filtering legitimate e-mail messages.
If you get a piece of junk e-mail, the most important thing to remember is
DO NOT REPLY TO SPAM. Simply delete it. By replying to spam, even by
clicking a link to remove you from a list, you're letting the originator
know that there is someone on the other end of a valid e-mail address.
This is only motivation for him or her to send you more unwanted
e-mail. Never follow the spammers' instructions.
We hope this information has been useful to you. If you have any questions,
feel free to call us.
From your Tech support staff.
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