The Office of Fair Trading is joining with similar bodies around the world in an effort to combat spam.
The OFT, its partners in the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (Icpen), and the signatories to the anti-spam London Action Plan, yesterday began a two-day surveillance of the internet, focusing on scams communicated by spam. It concludes the OFT's month-long scam awareness campaign.
Unsolicited e-mail, or spam, makes up around 70% of internet e-mail and has seen an exponential increase in the last few years. It is often likened to fraudulent, deceptive or pornographic businesses.
Raymond Pierce, deputy commissioner of competition at the Canadian Competition Bureau, said, "Deceptive spam affects everyone with an e-mail address. Scams by spam can be reduced if we educate consumers to protect themselves against any fraudulent claims found in spam messages.
"We are very pleased to be participating again this year in the Icpen sweep in a joint effort to combat consumer fraud on the internet."