Regardless of how a spam is technically defined, we can probably agree it’s unwanted email, and we don’t like it, actually nobody likes it.
In the fight against spam, some organizations use spam traps to find and block spammers. A spam trap is an email address that’s not actively used, but is actively monitored. If a spam trap receives an email, something is rotten in Denmark, because that email address never opted in to receive emails.
There are many, many spam traps out there, and they’re being managed by everyone from big anti-spam organizations like Spamhaus and SURBL, to security companies like TrendMicro and McAfee, to nation-wide ISPs and corporate email servers. As such, the proliferation and proven accuracy of spam traps makes it impossible to ignore alerts when one of our users hits a trap. Our compliance team reaches out to help, but this often evokes the question, “How did a spam trap get on my list?”