Here’s a list of the different types of spam you may receive.
Standard spam: Advertising for products, software, information, incentives, stock market value, etc.
Spam is a prospecting technique involving the mass distribution of unsolicited information, often of an advertising nature, by e-mail. We consider as spam all e-mails that do not comply with the French Law for Confidence in the Digital Economy (LEN) of June 22, 2004, supplemented by the interpretation clarifications defined by the CNIL at its meeting of February 17, 2005.
SCAM / Nigerian 419 : Emails in which you are solicited for millions of euros in exchange for a percentage,
Scams are email “cyber scams”, also known as Nigeria 419. These e-mails, in which you are solicited for millions of euros in exchange for a percentage, generally come from Africa or developing countries. We consider scams to be a form of spam.
Phishing: Emails designed to steal login details, passwords or credit card numbers.
Phishing is a so-called “social engineering” technique designed to rob individuals of their login details, passwords or credit card numbers. We consider phishing to be a form of spam.
Bounce: Non-delivery e-mails from mail servers.
Bounces are non-delivery emails sent by mail servers. They’re not spam, since they’re theoretically legitimate. However, as many spammers impersonate legitimate individuals, some bounces may reach you when you are not the originator of the original e-mail. This can pollute your mailbox. On the other hand, under normal circumstances, there’s little reason to receive bounces when using the same mail server for sending and receiving emails, because in the event of a delivery error, the information message is delivered directly locally (unless the recipient’s server is not correctly configured).