- Never send unsolicited mass e-mailings.
- Never subscribe people to e-mail lists without their permission.
- Never put multiple e-mail addresses in the "to" or "cc" field when sending to a large number of people.
- Never post action alerts to e-mail discussion lists or Usenet groups on unrelated issues.
- Never leave the subject line blank.
- Always identify yourself.
- Always provide contact information for any decision-makers you want people to reach.
- Always send yourself a test message before sending out alerts.
- Keep the text short and focused.
- Write a subject line that's compelling or provocative.
Hoax are e-mail messages sent to trick readers into passing them on to the next unwitting pigeon.
See my pages on hoaxes and urban legends for additional links.
Don't Spread That Hoax!
Email Abuse FAQ
Fight Junk Mail
Five Rules to Avoid SPAM
1. Whenever you fill out Web registration forms, surveys and so on, avoid typing in your email address. If you are required to do so, look for a box that asks you if it is okay to send similar offers or information to you. Make sure you say no.
2. Request Net directories (such as WhoWhere, Four11 and Switchboard) remove your name, email address, and other personal information from their databases.
3. For List subscribers: If your list administrator allows it, anyone can effectively spam you by issuing a simple command via email to display nearly every address on the list. Send a request to the list administrator asking him or her to shield you from such postings.
4. For Newsgroup posters: Disable your easy-to-grab email address by inserting asterisks or words (for instance: you@NOSPAM.yourdomain.com, or you@yourdomain**.com). Then add a line at the end of your posting that gives your true email address.
5. For America Online users: Delete your member profile right now. All that personal information is a spammer's dream come true.
Even if you are already getting spammed, you need to take steps to make your email address less accessible and less attractive.
What Can You Do About Bad Email?
offers more direct action techniques.
Tracing the Source of Junk Email
This clear, concise tutorial takes users through each step of tracking down spammers and is recommended by anyone who wants to be able to read the headers of their e-mail and know better where things are coming from, as well as, what to do about it.
Voters Telecommunications Watch