Man Looks to Clean Up On-Line Spam-

February 3, 2005--Posted 7:00 am CST

Jonesboro, AR--It quietly lurks in your in-box just waiting for you to click on it.  Most of the time it involves amazing opportunities that seem almost too good to be true.  It’s spam and for many people not only in Region 8 but the nation it is becoming a big problem.


“If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” Michael Archer recently told K8 news.  Archer is a local computer user getting his first taste of spam.  He received the first piece of spam just three days ago.  Now he says the number of unsolicited e-mail he has received is past twenty.


Archer says the scam he is receiving varies.  At one time it is a man inSouth Africa looking to hide funds.  Others talk about being the wife of a wealthy Arab who has recently passed away or are written in far and exotic places.  These types of scams have been around since the beginning of the internet but are constantly changing.  Now some new and possibly more dangerous scams are hitting the internet as well.


One new and possibly costly scam is called “phishing.”  This is when you are redirected through an e-mail to a fake sight set up to look exactly like the original site.  E-bay is one of the most abused sites for this ploy.  The federal government also says e-mail users will see more terrorist born propaganda being sent out over e-mail too in 2005.


Even with the expected spike in spamming in 2005, there is good news for e-mail users.  Jerry McClurg of NCA communications says new spam laws may not help get rid of spam, but they do help track down the users.  They can also help block out a lot of spam hitting computers. 


“Spam software really has gone a long way in cleaning up one’s in box.”  McClurg says. “You just have to be careful and make sure you know what you are getting before you get it.”  When in doubt go for a company who you know you can trust like Mcafee. 


McClurg also talked about some of the new legislation out about spamming.  “No where in either the federal or state anti-spamming legislation does it mention spamming being illegal.” He says.  “It does, however, give strict guidelines to what is and is not allowed.


If you have specific questions about spam laws a good site to check out is .  If you think you have received spam e-mail which is deceptive you can also forward the e-mail to  This is a national database which is being used to pursue legal actions against those sending deceptive e-mail.