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Spam GraphicSpam – the electronic version of junk mail. The term spam refers to unsolicited, often unwanted, email messages. Spam does not necessarily contain viruses—valid messages from legitimate sources could fall into this category.

What should I do to defend against spam?

  • Use email software with built-in spam filtering.
  • Keep your filters current.
  • Be careful about sharing your email or instant messenger address.
  • Don’t follow links in spam messages.
  • Disable the automatic downloading of graphics in HTML mail.
  • Use privacy settings on social networking sites.
  • Consider opening an additional email account.
  • Report messages as spam.

The University of St. Thomas has an anti-spam feature in place to help reduce the inconvenience of all unwanted email messages reaching your inbox. While this feature can block most unwanted email messages, some spam may go undetected; therefore, spam flagging has been implemented to alert you of possible spam messages. The University flags the subject link of these messages with *****SPAM*****.

While spam flagging alone can help, its usefulness increases considerably when paired with the filtering options built into Microsoft Outlook, Webmail and most other email programs. Users can set up these filters to send flagged messages to a different location – a spam folder, for instance – and keep them out of their inbox entirely. Since these filters are set up on an individual’s computer and not the server, each user has the flexibility to choose how their spam gets handled.

Spam messages can be reported by forwarding the email messages to

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