Agencies crack down on e-mail 'spam'

    Date11 Jan 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3174
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A group of federal agencies is collaborating to crack down on unsolicited commercial e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission last Friday released the results of part of its "Project Mailbox IV," an effort by the FTC, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, . . . A group of federal agencies is collaborating to crack down on unsolicited commercial e-mail. The Federal Trade Commission last Friday released the results of part of its "Project Mailbox IV," an effort by the FTC, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the National Association of Attorneys General to crack down on deceptive mail offers, unsolicited faxes and spam.

    Although this was the fourth year of the program, it was the first time Internet-related frauds within more than 300 law enforcement actions were tallied. "Con artists must understand that Project Mailbox is here to stay," Jodie Bernstein, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement. "We will continue to coordinate our efforts on all fronts and share information with consumers and businesses about deceptive and bogus offers."

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