Internet Issues

June 11, 2009 12:21am CST
Everyone who regularly receives e-mail is likely to have received spam at some point.Spam is unsolicited e-mail, typically sent to millions of e-mail addresses at a time.Usually, spam contains advertisements or products or services that include,but are not limited to, dating services, prescription drugs, online casinos, discount watches and jewelry, diet pills or other weight-loss aids,automatic mortgage approvals, cheap loans, electronics, and jobs touted as allowing one to work at home and make thousands of dollars a week. For most Internet users, spam is simply an annoying presence in their e-mail inbox. But for some people, spamming is a way to make money, the 21st-century equivalent of sending out direct mail .Small businesses pay spammers to send millions of e-mail advertisements a day; some of the most notorious spammers send millions of e-mails per hour.Most spam goes undelivered due to anti-spam software. A tiny fraction, however, is delivered and opened and an even tinier fraction receives a response. The volume of spam on the Internet has increased exponentially since spam was introduced in the 1990s
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