Who are Spammers

by Matt Garrett - Date: 2007-01-20 - Word Count: 532 Share This!

Most of us receive spam at one time or another. A spammer is someone who sends unsolicited e-mails in bulk to people who have not requested the product or information. Most of those who send spam do so for marketing purposes; although backing a certain candidate or joining a religion may involve tactics that include unsolicited mailing, something is considered spam only if it is used for commercial purposes.

Given the fact that spam is unpopular and its legal status is shaky, spam usually originates from people who are on the other side of the law. Many of those who spam are doing so to spread illegal pornography or unlicensed computer software. Many of those who claim to sell Viagra, to offer credit card accounts or tout a certain remedy as a miracle cure turn out to be false sales people.

They may describe dramatic and incredible effects of a certain remedy, but will refuse to identify themselves properly or to give the customer an idea of who they are and where they are located. With such little information, Many feel that they are definitely in the hands of scammers who refuse to answer basic questions about themselves.

Those who spam include people who are involved in a wide array of scams and con games. One popular scheme is the Nigerian money transfer fraud, promising the unwitting victims a fortune if only he or she would donate a very small amount of money into his or her bank account.

Spammers also may be involved in diploma mills, which reward degrees and certificates to those who study very little. This is an especially pernicious use of spam. Pyramid schemes, which encourage the customer to pay a fee for a work at home job, only to find that the job is to find others to do the work and on and on, is not everyone, and spammers might actually be someone who is innocent of spamming, but whose e-mail might be used by spammers.

Pump and dump schemes are illegal, but many spammers are not deterred from them. The spammers tout a certain stock through e-mail and chat groups. Once the price of the stock becomes inflated, the owners sell bringing the process again. This pump and dump scheme is illegal, but many spammers are not deterred.

A spammer might look like someone you trust, like your bank, but actually may turn out to be a fraudster who is trying to get you to type in your password, credit card number or account information. When you get a request from your bank to enter personal information, don't click on the link, but go to the site to see if you have a similar warning there. If not, it is likely that the e-mail was unwelcome spam.

Many spammers get a hold of other people's e-mail addresses, and use their addresses or computers to forward their spam. This is done to avoid legal problems, but unwitting victims become labelled as spammers and may be blackballed. If someone is using your PC as a "zombie" PC, report the incident to the authorities immediately. This practice is illegal, and spammers pirating computers and other items may pay a fee or spend time in jail.

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Author: Matt Garrett - 2007 http://www.Free-Spam-Blockers.com Discover how to stop junk email before it gets to your inbox.

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