Your Email Address Unlisted: There
Is No "National Do Not Email Registry"
Have you heard radio advertisements or seen
a Web site or email that claims to offer
a "national do not email registry?"
Don't believe the hype, according to Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) attorneys who are
experts at fighting spam email.
Recently, the FTC reported that a national
do not email registry would not be effective
at this time for a number of reasons, including
the high risk that it would result in more
in-box clutter because illegal spammers
would use the registry as a "do spam"
list. The FTC advises consumers not to submit
their email addresses to any organization
that claims to be creating a do not spam
If you have already submitted
your email address to a "national do
not email registry" that promises to
reduce the amount of spam you receive, you
may be the victim of a scam. The FTC is
concerned that some sites could be part
of a high-tech scam to trick consumers into
disclosing their email address or other
sensitive personal information. The site
may be a ruse to collect valid email addresses
to sell to spammers. The result could be
even more spam for consumers who sign up
for the "registry." Or, it may
be even worse - some scammers have collected
information through bogus Web sites that
mimic those of legitimate organizations,
and then use the information to commit identity
Should you get an unsolicited
email claiming to represent a "do not
email registry," an organization to
stop spam, or even the FTC itself, forward
it to the FTC at email@example.com.
If you believe you have been scammed, file
your complaint at www.ftc.gov,
then visit www.consumer.gov/idtheft
to learn how to minimize your risk of damage
from identity theft.