What is UCE?
In today's fast-paced and ever-changing society, e-mail and other forms of electronic communication are becoming commonplace. Unfortunately, unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE), commonly referred to as "Spam" or junk e-mail, is also increasing at an alarming rate.

Unsolicited commercial e-mail (UCE), otherwise known as "Spam" or junk e-mail, is " . . . flooding the Internet with many copies of the same message, in an attempt to force the message on people who would not otherwise choose to receive it" (Mueller, et al).

"Most 'Spam' [or UCE] is commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services" (Mueller, et al). UCE for contests and pornographic sites are also common.

"'Spamming' is the scourge of electronic-mail and newsgroups on the Internet. It can seriously interfere with the operation of public services, to say nothing of the effect it may have on any individual's e-mail mail system. ... 'Spammers' are, in effect, taking resources away from users and service suppliers without compensation and without authorization."

- Vint Cerf, Senior Vice President, MCI

What is UCE?

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