Spam is unsolicited email that typically contains a link or file attachment that can compromise security or infect computers with malicious software.

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Protection Against Spam

We use several different methods to protect customers from email spam and other unwanted messages:

  • Flagging Emails as Spam: If you receive a suspicious email, Mark As Spam so that it can be blocked in the future.
  • Rate Limiting: Spectrum customers can only send a limited number of emails per hour, and can include only a set number of recipients per message. This reduces spam and helps ensure mail system stability and usability for all customers.
  • Real-time Blacklist (RBL): Users who are known to have been spammers and have violated the Terms of Service will be banned. This is also used to block inbound mail sent from spammers with an IP address on an RBL.

Email Security Alerts

Spectrum customers with compromised or infected computers who are broadcasting outbound spam or virus-infected email won't be able to send email messages and will receive an error 554 Email Security Alert.

To resolve this issue:

  1. Send us the original blocked email in one of two ways:
    1. Open the original message in your sent folder, update the address to and send it.
    2. Create a new message addressed to, copy and paste the original message, and then resend.
  2. Resend the email to the original recipient 48 hours later as a test.
  3. If you're still having problems, contact us.
Note: Don't comment on or alter the original message. Additionally, don't send the rejected message or test message to, and don't include any additional recipients.

Removing Email from the Spam Folder

If an email message was incorrectly identified as spam, you can remove it from your spam folder:

  1. Open your Spam folder and choose the email you'd like to remove.
  2. Select Move from the options listed at the top of the email.
  3. Using the drop-down menu, designate which folder you would like to move the email to, and then select Move.
  4. You can also select Mark As and then Not Spam to avoid having similar emails sent to the spam folder in the future.
Note: Emails in the Spam folder are automatically deleted after 14 days.

Report Email Abuse

You can also report spam or email abuse to the Federal Trade Commission. Be certain to include the full email headers. Learn more.