Like many who have email accounts, you have probably noticed an alarming number of unsolicited “spam” or "junk" emails showing up in your in-box.
Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana warns many of these emails are attempts to scam consumers or steal private information by installing malware on your computer.
Others are unsolicited advertisements peddling everything from athletic shoes to virility drugs. These businesses often get email lists from list brokers, who compiles it by gathering addresses from the Internet. The same is often true for scammers, who also often hack email accounts and steal additional emails from contact lists.
If your email address is shared in a news group posting, a website, a chat room or in an online service's membership directory, it may find its way onto these lists and into the hands of scam artists.
BBB and the Federal Trade Commission suggest the following tips on how you can reduce the amount of spam you receive:
If you receive unwanted or deceptive messages, send a copy of the spam to your ISP's abuse desk. By doing this you let the ISP know about the spam problem on their system and help them to stop it in the future.
Make sure to include a copy of the spam, along with the full email header. At the top of the message, state that you are complaining about being spammed.
Also complain to the sender's ISP. Most ISPs want to cut off spammers who abuse the system.
“Look for the Seal” and Start with Trust®. BBB Serving Acadiana is a private non-profit organization that strives for a trustworthy marketplace by maintaining standards for truthful advertising, investigating and exposing fraud against consumers and businesses.
Please contact Better Business Bureau at (337) 981-3497 24 or bbb.org 24 hours a day for information on businesses throughout North America. Consumers can also sign up for our free BBB “Scoop” eNewsletter by visiting bbb.org and clicking on the “Programs & Services” tab.
BBB Serving Acadiana services the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion.