Laws against Unsolicited emails
Do you receive unsolicited emails? These unsolicited emails are called Spam, and they aren't just annoying, they are illegal. The government has finally listened to the desperate cries for help from email users and has taken action against spam. Another nuisance form of unsolicited contact is telemarketing, and there are laws against this as well. If you have placed your telephone number on the do not call list, it is illegal for telemarketers to contact you. Educate yourself on the laws against Spam and telemarketing.
In 2003, the government passed the "Can Spam Act," which prohibits emails containing unsolicited pornography and marketing. The Can Spam Act bans false and misleading headlines; all emails must have headlines that pertain to the subject matter of the email. All unsolicited emails must also have valid contact information (including a valid physical postal address) that could be used to identify the sender if need be. Unsolicited emails must also have an opt-out feature in case the recipient no longer wishes to receive emails from the sender. The sender must make it clear that the email is a commercial advertisement.
Legal Information Pertaining to Spam & Telemarketing
The Can Spam Act- educate yourself on the Can Spam Act, which protects individuals from unsolicited emails.
Spam Scams- Learn all about the spammers who are out to wrongfully take your money.
National Do Not Call Registry- Add your name to this registry in order to stop receiving telemarketing calls.
Magazine Subscription Scams- Don't fall prey to these sneaky telephone sales techniques.
Advance-fee Loan Scams- Getting approved for a loan is hard enough. When a telemarketer calls your home and offers you a loan out of the blue, they are just trying to empty your bank account.
Telemarketing Practices- Learn which telemarketing practices are legal and which are illegal.
What are the penalties if a spammer disobeys the Can Spam Act? Spammers who refuse to comply with the law are subject to a minimum fine of $11,000. Additional fines will be charged depending on the severity of the case. A Spammer can receive the ultimate penalty of imprisonment if they register multiple accounts and domain names that falsify their true identity, use an unauthorized computer and send commercial emails through it, and falsify header information and initiate the transmission of those emails.
A common issue that is similar to spam, but uses other means of contact is telemarketing. It has happened to all of us - we're sitting with the family, having a nice conversation over dinner, but then the phone rings and it's a telemarketer. To a certain extent, telemarketing is illegal. If the telemarketing practices of a company disobey the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), legal action can be taken. The TCPA was created in early 1990 to protect the telephone privacy of consumers.
What Telemarketing Practices Are Illegal?
- Calling before 8am or calling after 9pm.
- Calling your cell phone without permission.
- Not removing your name from the call list after you have demanded it.
- Sending unsolicited faxes
- Not disclosing their company name if asked to do so.
If you would like to avoid spam, use the following tips. Using a spam filter will help you avoiding a call to a professional paralegal. These days, spam filters are provided to all email accounts by your email provider. Spam filters are similar to popup blockers because they do not allow your main inbox to be flooded with spam. Instead, spam has its own dedicated folder which allows you to delete the entire contents with a single click. Don't make your email visible to online communities like forums, blogs and fan sites. Some users sign up to these online communities with the sole intention of finding emails to which they can market their services and products. If you would like to avoid telemarketing calls, just add your name to the do not call list, and you shouldn't be bothered again.