Spamming is sending unwanted electronic communication messages to individuals. It often involves junk emails being sent to users with enticing words on the subject lines to try and convince users to open them. Most spam mail is in the form of commercial advertising, but the advertising is often for dubious products or services. Sometimes however, spam mails can be sent to commit a more heinous act such as identity theft or other types of internet fraud.

Email spam is one of the most common types of spam and is sent directly towards a user’s email account. The spammers acquire these email addresses in several ways, including obtaining email lists and searching the internet for address.’ Get rich quick and pyramid schemes are common themes of spam messages.

A more advanced form of spamming called phishing involves unsolicited emails appearing to come from trusted sources. For example, someone who is phishing will send users mails that appear to be from banks, shopping sites and payment services. The spammers will point out to the user the urgency needed for the users to take toward their account to coheres them to open the email. Phishing often involves ways for the spammers to steal the identity of the user through the user entering information such as their credit card or social security number.