Help for Victims

Written by Jim Daniels

Now lets move on to help some spam victims. If you're doing business online, there is a good chance that one day you will be accused of spamming, even if you are not a spammer. The anonymity ofrepparttar Internet promotesrepparttar 132838 attitude of accuse first and getrepparttar 132839 facts later. (I know this all too well after my recent experience.)

Anyway, when it happens to you, you'll need some letters to send out to bothrepparttar 132840 spam victims andrepparttar 132841 company responsible forrepparttar 132842 spam. Here arerepparttar 132843 two you should save for future reference...

Letter to spam recipients:

Thank you for contacting us. Here arerepparttar 132844 details of this unfortunate situation.

The spam you received originated fromrepparttar 132845 domain . Rest assured you have NOT been added to any email lists at our site. We do NOT use nor do we condonerepparttar 132846 use of unsolicited bulk email and we too, are innocent bystanders in this situation.

We are in no way affiliated withrepparttar 132847 offending website and along with your address, our addresses were on their spam list. Any further actions you wish to take should be directed to them. More details on our policies and this incident are available atrepparttar 132848 following URL:

And here's a letter you can use as a model when you need to contactrepparttar 132849 party responsible for your grief...

Dear Offending Website Owner Name, CC

I have copiedrepparttar 132850 headers of an email message sent by your user, which confirms email activity on . This email has resulted in numerous complains to our email addresses. Please takerepparttar 132851 following actions immediately:

a) explain of how this incident took place and why b) take measures to insure that this NEVER happens again c) notify each address on your list that our domain was not responsible and was an innocent bystander in this unfortunate situation

S.1618 - 105th Congress, Unsolicited Email! A Bunch of Bull!

Written by Joe Reinbold

Have you received email solicitations with this paragraph included somewhere inrepparttar message:

"This message is sent in compliance withrepparttar 132837 new email bill section 301. Under Bill S.1618 TITLE III passed byrepparttar 132838 105th U.S. Congress this message cannot be considered Spam as long as we includerepparttar 132839 way to be removed, Paragraph (a)(c) of S.1618. Further transmissions to you byrepparttar 132840 sender of this email may be stopped at no cost to you by sending a request to be removed to __"

Well it is, in plain language, a bunch of BULL!

U.S. Senate Bill 1618, an Anti-slamming Amendments Act, contained a Section 301, relating to transmissions of unsolicited commercial electronic mail. S.1618 was approved byrepparttar 132841 U.S. Senate on May 12, 1998. It was then referred torepparttar 132842 House Committee on Commerce on October 21, 1998. The Bill DIED in committee and was never passed into law byrepparttar 132843 105th Congress. Nor hasrepparttar 132844 106th Congress passed anything similar at this time. I was able to confirm this information both by checkingrepparttar 132845 U.S. Senate records and specifically by an inquiry with one of my Senators.

So first,repparttar 132846 quoted paragraph above is in error sincerepparttar 132847 bill never became law. Secondly, if it did become lawrepparttar 132848 messages I generally receive citingrepparttar 132849 above, are quite deficient in compliance withrepparttar 132850 alleged law that they reference. Here, in part, arerepparttar 132851 exact requirements ofrepparttar 132852 bill that would have been law in respect to email if in factrepparttar 132853 bill had passed:



(1) IN GENERAL- A person who transmits an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message shall cause to appear in each such electronic mail messagerepparttar 132854 information specified in paragraph (2).

(2) COVERED INFORMATION- The following information shall appear atrepparttar 132855 beginning ofrepparttar 132856 body of an unsolicited commercial electronic mail message under paragraph (1):

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