What is Spam?

Spam is unsolicited commercial electronic communication, often delivered to a large number of individuals.

What should I know?

To reduce the amount of spam that you receive, follow these guidelines:

  • Do not display your e-mail address in public. This includes in chat rooms, on responses to news stories or blog postings and in online membership directories.
  • Be sure to read a Web site's privacy policy before providing your e-mail address, or other personal information. Some companies may sell your information.
  • When submitting a form online, be sure that you have read through all of the information and understand what you are signing up for. You may be able to "opt out" of receiving e-mails from the company, and/or the company's "partners".
  • Use an e-mail filter.
    • Activate the Junk E-mail Filter in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007: Online Tutorial
  • Get more tips about how to reduce spam in your inbox from the Federal Trade Commission: You’ve Got Spam: How to "Can" Unwanted Email

Report Spam

If you get spam e-mail that you think is deceptive, forward it to The Federal Trade Commission uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive e-mail. For additional information, visit the FTC's Spam Web site.