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Spam (Junk E-Mail)

Tips For Dealing With Unwanted E-mail or Spam
Electronic mail, or e-mail, has become a fast, effective and fun way to communicate, exchange documents, and even send friends and family pictures of a new baby or a recent vacation.  But electronic junk mail, or "spam," can take a lot of the fun and convenience out of e-mailing.  These tips can help reduce or avoid spam problems.
  • Protect your e-mail address.  This is the best way to protect from spam.  To the extent possible, only provide your e-mail address to people you know and trust.  If you post a message on an Internet site with your e-mail addresses, any one has access to your address and can share that address with others, including marketers.  Spammers also get e-mail ddresses from jokes, stories and chain letters that make the rounds on the Internet.  So avoid sending or forwarding messages with a large list of addresses.  Before providing your e-mail address in an online registration, check the recipient’s privacy policy regarding the sharing of e-mail addresses.  Avoid including your e-mail address in other kinds of mailing lists.
  • Ignore the messages.  When you respond to spam, you are confirm to the sender that your address is a good e-mail account.  Be wary of responding to any message that asks you to respond in order to avoid future messages.  Many senders simply use this ploy to see if your e-mail account is active.  Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) probably offers filtering functions that allow you to automatically delete certain messages.  Click on the "Help" section of your e-mail program for this information, and call your ISP with any questions or complaints about unwanted messages.
  • Never give out your credit card number, bank account number or other personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail, no matter how legitimate the message appears to be.
  • Never open attachments to e-mails from strangers.  These attachments could have a virus that could cause serious damage to your computer or your files, or cause potentially harmful messages to be sent to everyone in your e-mail address book.  Always be suspicious about e-mail from people or businesses you not familiar with.
  • Contact your e-mail providor or ISP.  Your e-mail account may come with a spam-blocking service.

To avoid receiving e-mail messages that contain material harmful to children, consider registering with Utah’s Child Protection Registry at:  https://donotcontact.utah.gov


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