Years ago I would get an occasional chain letter. They were incredibly annoying. They warned that if I did not send out 10 copies that some awful fate would befall me. Well, over 30 years later, I am still here! I also could not stand it when I got on a mailing list. A prank back then was to put people’s names in to get them on a mailing list of something they did not like. Maybe a Republican might sign up a Democrat to get mail from the DNC. Now it is spam. And spam email reports used to not be any easier to get than it was to get off an unwanted mailing list back then.
Practical jokers might get a bunch of those cards in magazines and put someone’s name on it that they did not like. Then the person would get magazines and bills for subscriptions. I think that is a crime, but the practical jokers did it anyway. There was even a book on how to do that stuff to people to drive them crazy. Now the spammers have cornered the market. I think there should be a huge crackdown on spammers. I don’t care what country they are from.
Don’t think the United States could enforce foreign spam? I say we can almost overnight. Stop all incoming traffic from offending countries until they either work with us or set up their own strict policies and enforcement. Not having any emails would be a short-term problem to fix a bigger problem. Domestically, any email providers or systems could be blacklisted if spam reached a certain threshold from their servers. It would help them with the self-policing. Just think of all the grandparents that could be protected from spam that is taking their money. Something, anything, needs to be done to help stop the spam.