Unsolicited Commercial Emails
- Companies must clearly identify the email as an advertisement
- They must provide a valid physical postal address
- The message must also include an option to opt-out of receiving further emails
These are some, but not the only, conditions unsolicited commercial emails must follow. If any of the conditions are not met, the email is in violation of federal law and the sender may face up to $16,000 in fines for each violation. There are also specific state laws that may be in effect. If you receive an unsolicited commercial email you can forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind the most important rule of thumb when receiving unsolicited commercial emails: if you did not initiate the contact, never give out your personal information. Go here for more information on business value.