What is SPAM?

Spamming is the sending of electronic messages to a large number of recipients without their consent. The sender of such advertising is termed a spammer.


  • Companies unknown to you have sent you SMS messages, faxes or mail for products or services.
  • Someone you don't know declares their love for you in an SMS message and asks you to call back on an 090x number.
  • Unknown persons want to send assets out of their country by using access data to your bank account.
  • A message apparently signed by your bank asks you for your password or account number (this fraudulent practice is also known as phishing).

From 1 April 2007, spam is explicitly banned in Switzerland. This applies to all means of telecommunication - and therefore, for example, for e-mail, fax, SMS and the telephone (automatic calling equipment).

Downside of the mass mailing of messages:

  • Private users' inboxes or SMS storage are clogged up with unsolicited messages.
  • Sorting out unwanted and "proper" messages is onerous and time-consuming.
  • The content of messages often constitutes a major unwanted intrusion into private life and is particularly harmful to young people if it is pornographic.
  • The network infrastructure (e.g. the providers' mail servers) can become overloaded.

Specialist staff
Last modification 01.04.2007

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