What can you do?!
Spam, or unsolicited email, is a reference to a Monty Python sketch where the word is repeated over and over again.
In 2003, laws were introduced in the UK and US to reduce emails sent to recipients without consent.
US vs. UK Anti-Spam Laws
So, why do you get so many spam emails?
There is a caveat. You can email individuals with a ‘clearly defined customer relationship’. This could be a single email exchange.
The main law regarding content is that you must provide an ‘opt-out’ option and act on this immediately.
Trawlers: Your Main Source of Spam
Trawlers are programs that scan web pages for published email addresses to harvest.
- Do not display your email address on your site. Use a contact form. This also allows you to track website responses.
- Do not use your email address as a username on forums as this may be published.
- If you must publish your email address in a forum message, spell out the ‘at’ and ‘dotcom’ part. Some forums won’t let you include your email addresses for this reason.