posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 07:10 AM
Spam filters might keep the spam out of your mailbox but it doesn't stop the internet being poluted with it.
Every single day, Terabytes over Terabytes of bandwidth are wasted all over the net because of unsolicited email and other spam methods. For ISP's
this callculates to millions in bandwidth bills being paid that wouldn't have to be paid if there was no spam. For users, it means that their ISP
gets more expensive and sometimes slows down all over their network because of spam.
As said above, it could be that this user signed a "Please notify me of special offers from you or your partners" thing.
But these are illegal and invalid if the same page doesn't display who these partners are.
This user cannot be sued since even if he singed a notification page, there is no way he could know that this company was one of these supposed
The easyest way to determine if one of these mailers is a true spammer or a "partner" is by following the emails "opt-out" links and making it
remove your email. At the same time, use a new email addy and fill in the opt-out form with that new email addy too.
Normaly your new email addy can't be in their database and the only mention of it was trough the opt-out page.
So if you now keep getting email on the old email addy, and start getting spam on the new one too, the company your dealing with is definatly an SPAM
Alot of people get spam from a company in 1 box and when going to the opt-out link, they fill in all the email addresses they have to be sure that
none of them will supposedly get spam from that company again.
This actualy is a trap and you will now recieve spam on all of your email addresses from this company.