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spam

Online Unsolicited, commercial bulk–junk E-mail. See Mail list, USENET.
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The new statute also reinforces and strengthens pre-existing civil and monetary penalties for spamming.
Violations under the new Virginia law involving prohibited spamming activity could result in the following: a Class 6 felony in Virginia that carries a prison term of between one and five years; monetary fines; and authorization for law enforcement to seize all profits, computer equipment and property connected with the spamming crime.
The methods alleged to have been used by the named defendants in these cases to send spam to AOL members include many of the egregious and fraudulent methods used today by spammers, such as: falsification of email addresses; purposefully and systematically evading spam filters set up by AOL and its members; and pursuing other means of spamming members that are prohibited by AOL's published "Unsolicited Bulk Email Policy" (see www.
As spamming techniques are adopted by more groups, for whatever reason, the annoying and expensive problems of unwanted email will only get worse.
Spamming has become relatively easy since email protocols are easier to forge, user addresses are simple to harvest, and there is virtually no cost involved with sending out spam.