(Updated August 2012)
Unwanted, unsolicited e-mail is a frustrating problem for almost everyone who uses the Internet. Spam e-mail clutters inboxes, slows down Web servers, and costs time and money to manage.
Spam can't be prevented entirely, but REALTORS® can reduce the amount of unwanted e-mail that comes into their inboxes. And on the flip side of the coin, REALTORS® who use e-mail to find and work with clients can take steps to ensure that their own electronic communications aren't seen as spam.
Find out more about what spam is, how to reduce the amount of spam you receive and how to keep from sending it yourself with the articles, Web sites, and other resources on this page. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
Tips for Fighting Spam
- Use separate e-mail addresses for personal messages and chat rooms and newsgroups
- Choose a unique e-mail address, such as firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use an e-mail filter
- Forward unwanted/deceptive e-mail to the Federal Trade Commission at email@example.com
- Complain to the sender's Internet Service Provider
- Forward spam to your Internet Service Provider's abuse desk
Source: You've got spam: How to "can" unwanted e-mail, (Federal Trade Commission, Apr. 2002).
Hotmail better than Gmail, Yahoo Mail at blocking spam, (PCMag.com, Feb. 13, 2012).
Three ways to reduce spam, (OCAR Blog, Jan. 24, 2012).
Fight the Spam, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2010).
Top 6 most effective tips for avoiding getting spam altogether, (email.about.com, n.d.).
Tips to avoid spam, (McAfee, n.d.).
CAN-SPAM & the Do-Not-E-Mail Registry
CAN-SPAM Law: what it means for your business, (SCORE, Jan. 3, 2012).
The CAN-SPAM Act: A Compliance Guide for Business, (Federal Trade Commission, Sept. 2009).
Quiz: CAN-SPAM Act, (REALTOR Magazine, n.d.).
OnGuardOnline.gov: Spam—OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Spam Sites—The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business collected anti-spam websites for consumer use.
Don't Send Spam
Spam or email marketing?, (ActiveRain, July 6, 2012).
How not to be a spammer when marketing your business, (Entrepreneur, May 10, 2012).
What to do when your e-mail box becomes a spam spewer, (Brandweek, Apr. 19, 2010). Q
eBooks & Other Resources
The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Blocking Spam & Spyware for Dummies® (Adobe eReader)
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