What is Spam?
Spam, which is unaffiliated with the gastronomic product that shares the same name, is classified as a cybercrime that takes place in the realm of the Internet, which can range from electronic transmission to interpersonal, digital communication.
Spam, or the act of ‘Spamming’, is a term that has been given to any act involving the unsolicited transmission of communication within the wide range of electronic communication(s). Akin to the criminal act of solicitation that can occur outside the scope of the virtual world, the dissemination of unsolicited material in lieu of warnings or prohibition against doing so is considered to be a criminal act.
Types of Spam
Within the digital realm of virtual communication, which can span the expanses of the Internet, a multitude of avenues through which Spam can be dispersed is a vast one. In contrast to the criminal act of Phishing, which is typically latent with the intent to defraud, the aim of Spam is to flood the correspondence ’inboxes’ of eligible recipients in order to market a product or service. However, this type of unlawful marketing is considered to be a form of unethical solicitation, and in certain cases, harassment:
Email Spam is the mass transmission of electronic correspondence to recipients whom have neither requested such information, nor have inquired about it. In order to deter the transmission of Spam, many email providers have introduced ‘Spam filters’ aimed at deterring the deliverance of Spam.
Networking Spam occurs through digital, interpersonal communication or ‘chats’. This type of Spam allows the perpetrator or ‘Spammer’ to pose as a friend or acquaintance of an unsuspecting victim.