|Received:||3/22/2004 6:34:07 AM|
|Agency:||Federal Trade Commission|
The problem of SPAM for me on both my home computer and at school (I'm a teacher.) has grown to tremendous proportions in the last few months. Some days I get close to 100 SPAM messages. That is very time consuming to handle those unwanted emails. Because many of the messages are from the same individuals or different individuals working for the same online companies, I've begun creating Message Rules for each SPAM that I receive, based on words and phrases in the subject line and body. The problem with that is many SPAMers insert odd characters to intentionally mispell words so that their messages won't be automatically deleted. Recently SPAMers have resorted to including hidden characters after websites and other identifying information in the body of messages so that the recipient can't block messages containing those words, phrases, or web addresses. These practices are not those of legitimate businesses and the above mentioned practices should be illegal. Many of the SPAM messages that I receive are sent from other countries. Will those SPAMers comply with any legislation passed in this country? I think not! There should be incentives for internet service providers to implement the optional use of filtering software on email originating out of the country.