Take our spam quiz

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

When it comes to spam, individuals and businesses need to know how to protect themselves. That means recognizing a legitimate email versus spam. Test your knowledge with the short quiz below.

1. A main hallmark of spam is:

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These are 4 out of the 5 key hallmarks of spam. The remaining one is: seems too good to be true.

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These are 4 out of the 5 key hallmarks of spam. The remaining one is: seems too good to be true.

2. True or false: If you think a message may be spam, you should open the links it contains to check it out.

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Never click on links or open attachments in emails that you suspect may be spam. They could contain viruses or malware.

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Never click on links or open attachments in emails that you suspect may be spam. They could contain viruses or malware.

3. A business can legitimately send emails to someone when:

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Note that businesses must follow additional rules as well, such as making sure their name is clearly identified, the message contains no misleading or false information, and there is an unsubscribe mechanism.

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Note that businesses must follow additional rules as well, such as making sure their name is clearly identified, the message contains no misleading or false information, and there is an unsubscribe mechanism.

4. True or false: CASL prohibits businesses from sending out commercial electronic messages without consent—including social media and text messages.

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The legislation covers not only email, but social media and text messages.

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The legislation covers not only email, but social media and text messages.

5. To report spam, you should:

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You can report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre.

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You can report spam to the Spam Reporting Centre.

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