Angry New Yorker

Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Amazing gov't discovery: Junk e-mail is usually junk
Two-thirds of spam messages contain claims that are probably false, FTC warns Net users

WASHINGTON — Internet users skeptical of junk e-mails promising easy money, miracle cures and dream dates are right to be wary: The government says two-thirds of the “spam” messages clogging online mailboxes probably are false in some way.
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that spam e-mails involving investment and business opportunities are especially dubious, with an estimated 96 percent containing information that probably is false or misleading."

FTC Measures False Claims Inherent in Random Spam
At Least One Form of Deception Found in Sixty-Six Percent of Random Sample

In a random sample of 1,000 pieces of unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE) from three Federal Trade Commission (FTC) data sets, 66 percent contained false "From" lines, "Subject" lines, or message text. The study, which was conducted by the Division of Marketing Practices, is the first extensive review of the likely truth or falsity of claims appearing in UCE."
The entire report is available here: [False Claims in Spam Report [PDF 328k]]

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