Castles Information Network strictly prohibits site partners and/or end-users from
engaging in illegal emailing activities, such as transmission of
unsolicited or unauthorized advertisements, promotional materials,
"junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," or other forms of solicitation. Failure
to comply with current Terms and Conditions, and/or End-User Agreement
may result in the termination of your Control Center or email account.
This Spam Guide will introduce you to spam, enabling you to identify
spam, determine the appropriate course of actions, and effectively
handle spam complaints. If you are looking for instructions on how
to use our SpamShield Pro, please check our use guide.
1. What is spam?
Taken from http://spam.abuse.net:
Spam 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 is commercial advertising, often for
dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services. Spam
costs the sender very little to send—most of the costs are paid for by
the recipient or the carriers rather than by the sender.
There are two main types of spam, and they have different effects on
Internet users. Cancelable Usenet spam is a single message sent to 20
or more Usenet newsgroups. (Through long experience, Usenet users have
found that any message posted to so many newsgroups is often not
relevant to most or all of them.) Usenet spam is aimed at "lurkers,"
people who read newsgroups but rarely or never post and give their
address away. Usenet spam robs users of the utility of the newsgroups
by overwhelming them with a barrage of advertising or other irrelevant
posts. Furthermore, Usenet spam subverts the ability of system
administrators and owners to manage the topics they accept on their
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. Email spams
typically cost users money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people—those
with measured phone service—read or receive their mail while the meter
is running, so to speak. Spam costs them additional money. On top of
that, it costs money for ISPs and online services to transmit spam, and
these costs are transmitted directly to subscribers.
In essence, spam is the transmission of unsolicited bulk email (UBE),
unsolicited commercial email (UCE), or commercial postings to
Spammers send spam as a form of free advertising, which is illegal in
most cases. It is similar to a telemarketer calling you collect. No
other kind of advertising costs the advertiser so little and the
recipient so much. It can cost the recipient additional time and money
spent on the Internet to view and/or delete spam. The recipients are
not the only victims—ISPs are also taken advantage of. Many ISPs
promote their free trial offers to the public, which prompts spammers
to 'sign-up' and give the free service a try. The spammer then uses
this opportunity to send spam to numerous email addresses, both valid
and invalid ones. Then they abandon the trial account, forcing the
provider to rectify spam complaints and monitor spam/abuse issues.
B. How did you get on their email list?
If you do any of the following, there is a good chance you can end up on a spammer's email list:
Post on an online bulletin board
Post in a Usenet newsgroup
Participate in chat rooms
Including your email address in an online service's member directory
Large email providers such as Yahoo, AOL, and Hotmail hold user
accounts that have common usernames, such as 'Smith,' 'Dave,'
'webmaster,' 'info,' etc.
2. What can you do about spam?
A. What you can do:
If you can identify the source of the spam, contact the spammer's ISP or email service provider.
B. What not to do:
Do not respond to removal instructions. Responding to any REMOVAL instructions pose more problems than resolutions
Threaten the spammer with violence or vandalism
Mailbomb the site where the spammer is from
Mailbomb the alleged spammer, who may be an innocent third party
Ping-storm or SYN-flood the site
Hack into their site
Do not use spam to fight spam
C. How to minimize spam:
Upgrade your service to a package that include our SpamShield Pro or Total Protection
Filter out unwanted emails (see items #4, 5, and 6)
Simply delete unwanted emails
Use one email account for personal use and another one for commercial use
3. How to block spam with your Castles.com email account:
Our Personal and Business Mail accounts come with our SpamShield Pro
solution to help you control spam.
Use our SpamShield Pro feature to direct mail that is spam to your
Trash or Spam folders. You must first log in to your Castles.com email
Click Options on the main navigation bar
Click the SpamShield Pro link
Turn SpamShield Pro On
Select any other appropriate option
4. How to set your Castles.com email filter:
Users of SpamShield Lite may want to add additional rules:
Again, you must first log in to your account before proceeding.
Click Options on the main navigation bar
Click the Email Rules link; your current list of filters will appear
Click Add Filter
Set the conditions for the filter by completing the If-Then statement
(Optional) Click Match Case to enforce case sensitivity; if the box is unchecked, the filter will match the phrase regardless of what case the text is
Click Add Filter when you are finished; your new filter will appear in the Filter Description list
5. Suggested keywords to enter when setting up the Castles.com email filter:
In the 'To' or 'CC' and 'From' lines: Enter any invalid email
addresses (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org) or email domains (i.e.
In the 'Subject' line: "Make Money Fast…," "…Guaranteed…," etc.
In the 'Text Body' line: "Remove," "Removal," "Call Toll Free," etc.