By Richard Lowe
Sometimes it's difficult to understand why spamming is considered one of the most vile sins on the internet. After all, what harm does an extra email or two cause? And even if the spammer is reported or caught, who cares? I mean, what happens to a spammer anyway?
We've all heard people say, "well, why not just hit the delete key?" I used to take the time to try and explain the problem to these people, but I've since realized that there is a brand of ignorance which cannot be penetrated by reason or logic. Now I just nod and smile, and change the subject.
Spam would not be so bad if it was just one or two emails now and then. Unfortunately, it's not just one person sending an unsolicited advertisement once a month - it's hundreds or even thousands. And the emails are virtually always regarding some scam, a useless product or, very often, some pornographic or money making scheme. I've received tens of thousands of spam emails over the years, and not once has any of them ever been of value.
I don't understand why spammers don't get the message that their emails are unwanted. Why do they keep sending out their useless advertisements? Do people actually purchase anything from them? Do these people really make money?
Okay, so what happens to spammers anyway?
Your amateur spammer must feel very much like a criminal does. You see, they must hide their identities in any number of devious ways to prevent their ISP and web hosts from shutting them down. New laws are being passed which make these people into real criminals, making it even more important that they remain hidden.
I hope that helps clarify what happens to the spammer in the short or long run. Spam does cause damage, and spammers, especially the largest and worst offenders, should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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