Most Internet users have at least one mailbox, which they use to register on social networks, buy goods, or exchange letters. However, almost every person has been a target for spamming, which is quite annoying and pitiful. Today we will talk about the ways how and where you can report unwanted emails. Let’s start with the first question.
How to Report Spam Legally?
The spam message can be simply deleted. However, when you make an official complaint – you protect yourself and other users from it. To do that, you can use the following options:
1) Use the Anti-spam Program
Antispam programs work as antiviruses – they additionally filter suspicious messages in your mailbox. It usually reduces the load on corporate mail servers and gives you an opportunity to report spam directly to the software developer, so they could blacklist the sender’s email or IP. For instance, you can report IP address on https://cleantalk.org/blacklists/report-ip for it to be included in the blacklist.
2) Report to the Mailing Service
Gmail users can report a suspicious or unwanted message using the service menu. There are three ways to respond to unwanted letters:
- Block user – by this action, you say: “I do not consider the letter to be spam, but I do not want to receive new letters from this user.” This will not affect other users. No sanctions will be applied to the sender.
- In spam – this option says: “I did not give my consent to the mailing, the sender violates my rights.” If the same complaints come from other users as well, the sender will be added to the blacklist.
- Report phishing – by selecting this option, you report: “The letter contains suspicious content.” Suspicious content is, for example, a password entry form.
The same actions can be taken by the clients of other mailing services, so it is usually a reliable way to report spam.
Where to Report Spam Officially
There are quite many world associations and coalitions that help fighting spam. CAUCE, Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail, fights unwanted letters in the United States and Canada. You can easily send your complaint to their support service. There is also Federal Trade Commission in the United States, which accepts spam reports by email to email@example.com or via a form on the FTC website.
Unwanted messages in the European Union must be sent to each country’s organization individually:
- Norway – Police Economic Crime Unit;
- United Kingdom – Metropolitan Police;
- Ireland – Ireland’s National Police and Security Service;
- Belgium – FGov.be.
- Denmark – ICO – Information Commissioner’s Offices.
We hope this information will help you protect your rights and report email spam. If you suddenly receive intrusive or unsafe emails, you will know where to complain about spam and how to defend your rights. Good luck!