| E-mail is just like regular mail. In this case
you write to someone electronically, and the person can respond to
your message electronically.
People and companies use E-mail to send messages to thousands of
people at a time, encouraging them to buy something or visit a web
site. The process, known as “spamming,” can be intrusive
and annoying. Some use spamming to try to entice people to visit
sexually explicit web sites.
Each E-mail message you send and receive contains a return address.
Many people don’t realize the return address can be fake.
So, just because you get a message from “firstname.lastname@example.org”
doesn’t mean it’s really from grandma. It may really
be from email@example.com.
E-mail also contains a “header.” Headers provide more
information about who sent the message and where it came from. Understanding
the header information can be difficult, but if you ever receive
an E-mail message that doesn’t make sense; is threatening;
or contains things that make you feel scared, uncomfortable, or
confused, you should report it to your Internet service provider
and ask them to investigate where it came from. You can easily find
that address on the service’s main web page (www.servicename.com).
When in doubt report the message to firstname.lastname@example.org (substitute
the name of your service for “servicename.”)
Be careful about replying to E-mail from people you don’t
know. Remember, the sender may not be who he or she seems to be.
By replying you are verifying a valid E-mail address to the sender,
and that information can be used to encourage a person who may send
inappropriate messages or put you on even more E-mail lists. Never
send a photograph of yourself or any personal information to someone
you don’t know.
E-mail can easily be copied and forwarded to others. So if you
do send personal information to friends, be sure they will respect