Video Transcript: Working Together to Fight Spam

Spam is irritating, it can also be threatening housing malicious malware, viruses and other cyber threats.

Spam thrives because it is so easy to send and spammers profit from it.

So, what do we do about spam?

To start, Canada’s anti-spam legislation requires a consent and an “unsubscribe” option, making it harder for spam to succeed. Violators can face severe penalties of up to $10 million dollars for each violation.

So what can you do to help us?

Report spam.

Canadians report thousands of spam messages to us every week. We use this information to investigate malware, false and misleading advertising as well as spyware.

Each report of spam is valuable. They all form a piece of the puzzle that helps us identify spammers and go after the worst offenders.

The enforcement actions we take and the penalties we issue are made public.

Our main goal is to protect you and make spammers think twice about sending spam to Canadians.

Together we can fight spam.

To learn more, visit fightspam.gc.ca/src

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