Spam is defined as:
1. Irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients. This is usually unwanted or intrusive advertising on the Internet.
2. A canned meat product made mainly from ham. (This second definition has been retained here for comedy value)
Spam emails are normally generated in very large numbers by a computer program run by unscrupulous opportunists because they get paid for you clicking on the linked advertising material.
Is it really Spam … or just an annoying Newsletter?
However, many people now recieve emails from businesses which offer a free newsletter on their site with a (hard to notice) tickbox. If, at some time, you have failed to untick this box when registering for an account, or lodging a comment on a webpage, you may have unwittingly signed up for a newsletter or two.
Current regulations state that all newsletter type emails must contain an “unsubscribe” link. If they do, then technically they are not spam emails.
Before you call on us or any other spam blocking service you need to first check if it is possible to unsubscribe to the email you are receiving.
Yes, It’s spam … how can I report it?
If there is no unsubscribe option, or if you have unsubscribed from a newsletter / advertising service but continue to receive their emails, then you can report the emails.
To do this please “forward as attachment” the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If in doubt, please “forward as attactment” you spam email to email@example.com and we can verify its nature for you.
Note: If you simply “forward” the email you may be listed as the spam sender and become blacklisted for your efforts.
Note: firstname.lastname@example.org will only block emails that have previously passed through it’s system, so there is no sense in sending it emails that have arrived via gmail or another email service.