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Do you find your online mailbox filled with unwanted junk from people and companies you've never heard of? Well, welcome to the world of "spam." And, if you're thinking about doing a mass mailing of your newsletter to people who didn't subscribe, think again. This unsolicited email, usually involving advertising for a service or product, can get you into trouble.
Spam, not only takes up a considerable amount of network bandwith, but in most cases, just wastes people's time. Some ISPs, such America Online, have even instituted policies to prevent spammers from spamming their subscribers. In a nutshell, spam is "an endless repetition of worthless text."