Spam is a term for e-mail sent to a large number of people without their consent. It is also known as Unsolicited Commercial E-mail (UCE) or junk e-mail. It is usually sent to promote a product or service, but can also be used to obtain your private information (bank account #’s, address, etc.) through false website links. Additionally, spam can contain viruses and infect your computer. Spammers (people who spam) follow the traditional direct-marketing ploy of flooding the intended audience with offers, in this case with mail, hoping for a purchase. They don't care about the large number of people they irritate or offend, because for every e-mail message they send out, there are
actually a few people who visit their advertised web site or order their product.
If you are tired of receiving spam, report it to the appropriate authorities and have the spammer's current account closed. It also helps prevent others from being victims by the spammer.