Spam is a term used to refer to junk email. Various federal and state laws, which vary by state, regulate spam. The main federal legislation is the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act (CAN-SPAM) Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-187), which took effect on January 1, 2004.
The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act requires unsolicited commercial e-mail messages to be labeled (though not by a standard method) and to include opt-out instructions and the sender’s physical address. It prohibits the use of deceptive subject lines and false headers in such messages. The FTC is empowered to establish a “do-not-email” registry. State laws that require labels on unsolicited commercial e-mail or prohibit such messages entirely are pre-empted, although provisions merely addressing falsity and deception would remain in place.
Phishing is the act of attempting to fraudulently acquire through deception sensitive personal information such as passwords and credit card details by assuming another’s identity in an official-looking email, IM, etc. The user is provided with a convenient link in the same email that takes the email recipient to a fake webpage appearing to be that of a trustworthy company. When the user enters his personal information on the fake page, it is then captured by the fraudster. A message used for phishing purposes often asks the recipient to “verify your account” or to “confirm billing information”.
The Anti-Phishing Act of 2005, put forth by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), calls for the criminalization of two essential parts of phishing attacks: establishing and creating web sites with the intent to gather information from victims to be used for fraud or identity theft; and the creation or soliciting of e-mail that represents itself as a legitimate business with similar intent.
4-Word Bound does not use spam or phishing in any aspect of our work. In addition to internal efforts, we send email through an email services provider that also tests for spam or phishing to protect the public.
4-Word Bound believes that we are utilizing the latest and best processes and technologies to prevent spam and phishing. We also recognize, however, that despite their best efforts, some websites are hacked. Therefore, if you receive any message that could be construed as spam or phishing, or that could be viewed as a violation of our spam and phishing policies, please contact us:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internet Communications Department
4-Word Bound, Inc
The Be[ing Center for Holistic Health
1420 3rd Street, SW,
Roanoke, VA 24011
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