Freedom of speech is something that every American is entitled to. It is your civil right to speak freely without censorship. Thus, you can speak your mind when you want to whomever you wish. However, there is a happy medium, and it’s important that you understand there is a big difference between having an opinion and making threats to another person.
Furthermore, you also have the right to privacy. Therefore, if you ever encounter emails of a harassing or offensive nature, you don’t have to put up with them. Receiving threats of any type (I.E. physical harm, legal action), defamation or uncalled for belligerent messages, can be very upsetting. What’s more, it can be frustrating to have you inbox cluttered with this unwanted mail.
What should you do? You have a few options. The following are some tips you can put into practice:
– Don’t reply to the message. You may be tempted to, but no matter how you respond the chances are it will do little to deter the harasser or prankster from their quest of badgering you. Moreover, by ignoring it, you may never hear from them again and you won’t have to think twice about it.
– Find out who they are. If you are receiving frequent emails from the same or different senders, you can continue to ignore them or send them a short email requesting that they stop contacting you. Do not stoop to their level by using profanity or making your own threats; keep it short, firm and to the point. Your request will likely not fix the issue, but once you’ve made it, it’s time to see if you can find out who the person is.
This can be achieved by looking up their electronic mailing address with a reverse e-mail lookup. Simply type it into the query box on a site that offers this resource and see what is returned. You could learn their name, address, phone number and other data linked to them.
– Report the abuse to the senders ISP – You might want to inform the nefarious individual’s Internet service provider of the harassment. This can usually be achieved by sending mail to abuse@(whatever their domain name is).com. Most ISP’s will take your complaint seriously and after they look into the matter the harasser could very well lose their account.
– Delete your webmail account – If the problem becomes bad enough keep in mind that you can always save all the messages you want to keep, have your e mail deactivated and simply create a new one.
As you can see, there is no need for you to worry about problematic e-mails. There are options. Also, don’t forget that an email search is always there waiting to help you uncover the truth.