|Received:||3/19/2004 5:18:29 PM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
The existence of e-mail which uses deliberatly mispelled or wide-spaced words, non-discernable text and/or characters in in an e-mail's subject line and/or content therin, or in any other way in which the sender/s deliberately attempt to bypass mail, spam and word filters urgently needs to be addressed. All commercial and private e-mail in which consumer goods or other merchandise is solicited and/or proposed, should accurately represent in subject and in content; 1. Content/s of the e-mail. 2. Commercial advertisers and private senders should be required to provide, in the content of the e-mail, a real and legitamate way in which the recipient can choose to unsubscribe from a mailing. They should also include a physical postal mailing address, and provide a live telephone number so that the mail recipient can call and/or write to a live person. 3. Include an "ADV" (or other pre-determined prefix), that will allow word or spam filters to block unwanted mail. There are however, e-mails which "ADV" appears in the subject line that sometimes are able to bypass mail filters. In these instances I believe the sender has included a code, HTML or otherwise, that fools current filters into accecpting the mail even though ADV appears in the header.