Spam: The term "spam" is Internet slang that refers to unsolicited commercial email (UCE) or bulk email . Some people refer to this kind of communication as junk email to equate it with the paper junk mail that comes through the US Mail. There are very few reputable marketers using UCE to advertise goods and services. The most commonly seen spam includes the following:

  • "Phishing" scams, currently the most popular and thus dangerous form of email fraud.
  • Foreign bank scams or advance fee fraud schemes.
  • Quack health products and remedies.
  • Ads for pornographic web sites.
  • Chain letters
  • Illegally pirated software ("Warez")