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Spamming

Spamming

Spamming definition

Spamming refers to the act of sending unsolicited messages, often excessively, about a product or service. Spam messages are sent by email, SMS, or social media.

Types of spamming:

  • Email spamming. The most common type of spamming, email spamming, consists of sending messages to promote fake or illegal products and services to a large group of people who haven’t subscribed to these emails.
  • SMS spamming. Promoting fake products by sending unsolicited text messages.
  • Social media spamming. The use of bots to flood social media feeds with messages and links to illegal products, scams, and malware.
  • Comment spamming. A spammer uses platforms like YouTube to pretend to be the original video creator. They reply to comments and urge users to reach out by contacting their private numbers.
  • Robocalling. The use of automated systems to call people and play pre-recorded messages about services, products, and scams.

How to defend against spamming

  • When filling out forms with your phone or email address, don’t put anything when you can.
  • Be cautious before opening any messages from unknown senders.
  • Use temporary email addresses when registering to services you’re only using once.
  • Opt out of promotional emails.
  • If you get a spam message, report it.

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