FTC - Don't Want Your Email Address Harvested?

11/1/2002

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FTC LogoThis information is provided under a cooperative agreement between the Better Business Bureau and the U. S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has prepared this information.

Facts For Consumers
Don't Want Your Email Address Harvested?

1. Consider “masking” your email address.

johndoe@myisp.com could be masked as johndoe@spamaway.myisp.com

2. Keep your private email address private:

Use a separate screen name for online
chatting.
 
Consider creating “disposable email
addresses” for public postings in
newsgroups or on websites, or for online
purchases.
 
Consider using one email account for
personal correspondence and another for
public use.
3. Use a unique email address, containing both letters and numbers.

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. To file a complaint or to get free information on consumer issues, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261. The FTC enters Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

November 2002

This information is provided under a cooperative agreement between the Better Business Bureau and the U. S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has prepared this information. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid these practices. To learn more about the FTC and its services, visit www.ftc.gov or call toll-free, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

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