Spam Email - Is it dangerous?

According to the technology giant Cisco, Spam email is unsolicited junk email sent out in bulk to an indiscriminate recipient list

Typically, Spam is sent for commercial/marketing purposes. It can also be sent in massive volume by botnets, which are networks of infected computers.

Why do people send Spam email?

Most often, Spam email is sent for marketing purposes. While some think of it as unethical, many businesses continue to utilize Spam. With the use of technology (or infected computers), the email cost is extremely low. Businesses can send mass quantities on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, Spam email can also be a malicious attempt to access to your computer or network.

Can I stop Spam email?

Since Spam email can be sent by botnets, it can be extremely difficult to stop.

To help explain further, botnets are a network of infected computers. Since they are anonymous, it can be difficult to trace and stop the original spammer.

Can spam email be dangerous?


It can include malicious links that could infect your computer with malware (see What is malware?).

Do not click links in spam. Dangerous spam often sounds urgent, and makes you feel like you need to act immediately. To learn more about the common types of Spam, see the linked article below.

To learn more about Spam email, common examples and more helpful tips, please see Cisco's post
What Is Spam Email?