How-To Geek

Email Harvesting

Email harvesting is the process of amassing lists of email addresses, almost always to spam them, using disreputable practices such as purchasing email lists in bulk from resellers, using giveaway/contest websites to harvest emails, or using harvesting bots to crawl web pages, forum and usenet posts, and other publicly accessible locations, looking for email addresses to add to the list.

Under the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, it is illegal in the United States to use email addresses harvested automatically via harvesting bots or to distribute email lists without express permission of each email addressee.

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