• This document discusses unsolicited email, both commercial and non-commercial, and multi-level marketing schemes. While there are legitimate multi-level marketing programs in existence there are also so many illegal scams on the Internet, being sent out as unsolicited email that it may be impossible for the average consumer to make any intelligent choice as to what offerings are legitimate and what are not.
  • The old Latin phrase, caveat emptor (let the buyer beware) was never more true than today as applied to unsolicited commercial email offerings. Our only advise can be that if you would even consider reading or responding to email SPAM, that you read all you can about the illegal activities going on so you have a frame of reference when considering any offer which "seems" to be legal. Remember, always: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Participation in many of the "legitimate sounding" schemes currently being offered on the Internet will not only cost you money, but may subject you to serious civil and criminal liabilities.

Dealing With SPAM

Terms: What is SPAM?

Why is SPAM Bad?

How do I know who actually sent the SPAM?

Links to more Information

NOTE: E-Mail about suspicious claims, pyramid schemes, or suspected fraud that you received via e-mail should be directed to The Federal Trade Commission at:

The information on this page, in whole or in part, was developed by the University of Oklahoma Police Department (OUPD). They have generously allowed our department to use this information.