Spam mail is flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it. Most spam mail is commercial advertising.
Email spam targets individual users with direct mail messages. Email spam lists are often created by scanning Usenet postings, stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses.
One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists (public or private email discussion forums). Because many mailing lists limit activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe to as many mailing lists as possible so that they can grab the lists of addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct target for their attacks. Grand Valley State University has never sold, or given, a list of email users to any business or not-for-profit agency.
If you receive unwanted mail please try to unsubscribe from the sender's mailing list. Many of these mail items contain instructions at the bottom of the mailing to tell you how to unsubscribe so that you will not receive future messages. Please be aware that these instructions may not always work.
if you've tried to unsubscribe from unwanted e-mail, and it doesn't work, please contact your IT departmental liaison with a copy of your message and a brief explanation. Your IT departmental liaison will pass this information on to the GVSU email administrator who will then track the sender's email address. Once we have received complaints from 10 different users about the same email spammer we will block that address from sending email to GVSU.
Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to assure that your are protected against these unwanted, annoying email messages.
If you have any questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your IT departmental liaison, or the GVSU Email Administrator, Tom Norman at ext. 2289.
Page last modified March 9, 2011