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March 26, 2010

A new look at spam, by the numbers

Posted: 12:35 PM ET

Some news from Twitter this week could leave you with the impression that spam is becoming a dinosaur of the Web.

As of February, slightly less than 1 percent of posts on the micro-blogging site were unwanted spam, according to a blog written by Twitter's chief scientist, Abdur Chowdhury.

Not too long ago, spam was more rampant on the site, according to an info-graphic published by Twitter. In August of 2009, for example, nearly 11 percent of all Twitter posts were spam.

So, maybe this means we're getting past the era of computer-generated messages and malicious and trickster ads?

A look at the broader picture reveals we're not even close.

A whopping 9 out of 10 e-mail messages are still unsolicited, according to this helpful chart (.pdf) published by New Scientist.

The chart shows a number of fluctuations over the years, but an overall increase in spam since late 2006, when hackers started developing "botnets" of "zombie computers" that can send spam and malicious software out for them.

In June 2009, the average e-mail account received more than 100 spam messages per day, according to the chart.

A recent 3,000-person e-mail survey found nearly half of people continue to click on these messages, even if they know spam is a problem, The Toronto Sun reports.

And there's some evidence that social networks, like Twitter and Facebook, are "easy targets" for spammers. Sophos' "Security Threat Report: 2010," released in January, says online social networks are becoming a bigger part of Internet users' lives, so it's only natural that they would be big targets for spammers, too. (via CNET)

"Spam is now common on social networking sites, and social engineering—trying to trick users to reveal vital data, or persuading people to visit dangerous web links—is on the rise," the report says. (full report: PDF)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has a Web page with tips for how people can reduce and avoid spam, but the agency acknowledges that "you will probably not be able to eliminate it." Among its more-helpful tips: Create an extra e-mail account that you use to sign up for mailing lists and register for Web sites; and don't let your e-mail account automatically download image attachments for you, since those can identify your account to spammers.

Security experts also recommend people create new passwords for all of the Web sites they register with.

Twitter has posted a number of tips for reducing spam on its site, too. Among them: Report spam messages by sending a note to the Twitter's @spam account; or select the "report for spam" option from a drop-down menu on a problematic Twitter account's page (the menu is hidden behind an icon that looks like a gear wheel).

Do you get more spam than you used to? What's the funniest spam message you've ever gotten?

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Franko   March 26th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

With China and Russia requiring personal authentication for registration,
Undesirable internet use will be controlled.


theandyorr   March 26th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

The best SPAM mail I've received are offers for cheap pregnancy test and one I've gotten from the Secretary of the Treasury, telling me I won $500,000. All they asked me to do was to fill out all of my personal info including soc. security number and mother's maiden name and email it back....to their @hotmail address? ha.


Polaris431   March 26th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

Viagra on sale. Just click here......just kidding.


Faith   March 26th, 2010 1:52 pm ET

We run a small ISP in New England, and offer email spam filtering to our clients. We don't even let 95% of the incoming email into our systems because it's all glaringly blatant spam. Of the remaining 5% of the incoming emails that makes it past that initial check, we do additional checking on that and quarantine anything that shows signs of probably being spam. I invariably have one to five emails quarantined every day out of the hundred or so I receive daily. Maybe once a month or so the quarantine list contains a legitimate email; the rest of the time it's still spam. And also once a month or so, I get a real spam in my mailbox that made it past all the filters and quarantines we have in place, and we have to add additional filter rules to catch it. So anyone who thinks we've got the spam problem licked probably has an email account with an ISP like us who filters the living daylights out of their email stream. They see the tiny diamond, but they don't see the mountain of dirt we had to filter out so they could find that diamond...


Prudence   March 26th, 2010 1:59 pm ET

Twitter is used a LOT by bloggers for advertising. They reward others for retweeting their stuff by offering them a chance at prizes. Even if you don't follow the blogger, someone you know and follow may retweet the junk to you. I consider that just plain rude, but it doesn't really bother me. I only use Twitter on-line and ignore 99.9% of the stuff I get. It's just like junk mail, only trees don't die because of it.

E-mail spam is best handled with a good spam filter. I use one and very, very little true spam gets through it–probably about one-half of one percent of the total e-mail I get.

Let the spammers waste their time and energy sending out their junk. In fact, maybe it is good that it keeps them too occupied to commit more serious offenses. People who have so little respect for other people that they send them spam are likely to do anything.


Jørgen - Norway   March 26th, 2010 2:08 pm ET

The worst thing that can happen to the internet, is that governments of the world, even US and EU authorities, take over the internet in cooperation with big companies, and use strong surveillance over its users. This way, people are no longer free to express their thought and opinions without being seen as a threat or perhaps as a "terrorist".

Most companies today, like Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Cnn, all give the most sensitive and personal information about anyone, if US authorities, like Nsa, asks for it. No explanation needed. The difference between China and USA is that there is none, its only done in different ways. China does it openly, while USA does it discrete, with the blessings of companies.


Mike M.   March 26th, 2010 2:21 pm ET

I rarely receive spam in my inbox save for my hotmail account and those are clearly dictionary sends.

Even so, Hotmail catches and kills most of it.

My regular account? I see perhaps 2-3 spam mails in a year.

ISPs are doing a great job of spam-kill. I'm surprised these guys even stay in business as most of what they send just gets bit-bucketed before anyone ever sees it.

And good riddance to it.


Jared   March 26th, 2010 2:26 pm ET

Most spam is generated by viruses that have infected millions of PCs around the world. These are BOTs that will receive a command to wake up and blast out an email campaign. The mass majority of these infected PCs are outside the US. People need to keep their PCs updated and secure, especially since these are always on and always connected to the Internet.

The other part of this is that ISPs need to take some initiative and block these home-based, infected PCs from making direct SMTP connections to mail relays other than the ISP's own. Sine the spam is mostly destined for the US; China and Russia will not act.


frak   March 26th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

I have a Hotmail, Yahoo & Gmail account. I give the Gmail account when doing most things on the internet (buying, subscribing, warranties, registering etc.). The other two are only used to communicate with people I actually know. Only the Gmail account has ever gotten spam. I never even look at the account. I just use it as the "stunt double" for my email and don't care if it gets spammed. Just protect your emails and be smart in how you use them.


Greg W   March 26th, 2010 2:38 pm ET

Funniest spam I got was from a "Kenyan Astronaut" who was on board the Mir Space station, who needed $20 million to return to earth because his gov't encountered financial hardship and the Russians were not going to let him come home unless they paid up.

I wonder if he ever got his money...


Wayne   March 26th, 2010 2:45 pm ET

Well glad Twitter is doing well on spam an unsolicited advertisements, if Skpe could do the same, it would be a perfect world !


sue   March 26th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

The funniest spam message I ever got was funny purely from the subject line. I still remember it. "bin Laden State of the Jihad address short on specifics."


AMR in NJ   March 26th, 2010 2:56 pm ET

I used to get those "exiled African prince wants to transfer $5 million to you" type things all the time but haven't in a while. I guess they found a new type of scam and moved on.


capnmike   March 26th, 2010 2:58 pm ET

OK, here's what I want. I want a program that I can keep in my computer and send to a spammer as an e-mail, that will totally destroy his hard-drive when he opens it. NOT a virus that would spread, just a one-shot computer-killer that I can send to spammers. Any ideas???


Lucy   March 26th, 2010 3:01 pm ET

As a 66 year old Grandmother I had no idea why I received so much spam for Viagra!
About a year ago I turned off my computer fully for 2 weeks while away, since I turned back on, no more spam – literally, None!
Not sure if this is because i turned it off, or because my Internet Provider (Cogeco) gives us free FSecure.
Whatever happened, it's w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l not getting spam any more.


Jim H   March 26th, 2010 3:15 pm ET

Some site or person recently must have sold my Hotmail account which I do use almost exclusively for forums and such sites. I'm getting about 20 to 30 SPAM messages a day. What's interesting is that I have been using that address for a number of years, at least 6 or 7, and this is the first time I have gotten this heavily SPAM-ed with adverts.

What I find amusing, all are sent right to my junk mail box, is the number of lottery winnings I have won, the number of strangers who have left me huge sums of money, and the number of people with even larger sums that need my help getting the money out of whatever country they are in. Almost all say they are an attorney of some sort or ad a " Dr." to their names as if claiming to be either one somehow puts the mark at ease and legitimizes the scam. Lately I have noticed the person is now a soldier serving in Iraq who came across some of Saddam's stashes of cash. The author tends to be American, female, and an officer.

After all this time, all the stories of the people who were duped by these offers, the rapidity with which the return email addresses are disabled, and all the rest of the negative publicity these have received, I find it amazing they still appear.

The funniest one was from the FBI wanting my help in an international money laundering case. According to the email their "in-house computerized email system" was down because it had become infected with a virus. I was told, with apologies, to use their Hotmail address, which was the originating server, to send my personal information to so I could be registered as an Associate Agent. Sadly, I know there was probably at least one person who fell for it.


bob   March 26th, 2010 3:19 pm ET

The solution is very simple. It should cost 1/10 of a cent to send an email. For the average person that would only amount 10 or 20 cents a month. For spammers sending out millions of spam messages it would get very expensive.


Mara   March 26th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

I filter my messages through Google. They have the best spam filters that I know of better then my IP. What is left over is taken cared of by my mail program. Spam is not a problem.


Daniel   March 26th, 2010 3:32 pm ET

@bob – Problem is the 'botnet' sends it out of someone else's computer and/or email account, thus how do you 'prove' who you should be charging?


Dennis Feavyear   March 26th, 2010 3:39 pm ET

The only way we will really ever be able to get rid of SPAM is to authorize the USPS (Postal Service) to get into the e-mail business. They would charge the SENDER postage to deliver the e-mail and the USPS system would be setup using secure mailservers.

This is completely viable, and would not interfere with the millions of SPAM laden e-mail servers that already exist. If you still want to sent an e-mail free to a non-USPS e-mail address, you would still be able to use your ISP provided e-mail system.

For the rest of us who would not mind paying a few cents for each important e-mail we would like to send....we would have an e-mail address that does not accept mail from someone who is not willing to pay a few cents postage. At least the postage for any mail that gets into our USPS box would have been paid for by the sender....and NOT by us. (if you think your 'free' e-mail provider is not charging you in some way for delivery...think again)


R E Murray   March 26th, 2010 4:08 pm ET

Spam has to be stopped at the source. At some point on the internet, there has to be hundreds of thousands of indentical emails coming from the same sender. This is the place to block them. Also, the gov't could sting spammers by pretending to be in the market for someone to send out spam. Then, send the perpetrator to an "extraordinary rendition" in eastern Europe.


Melissa   March 26th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Spam needs to be illegal. On par with harassment. And we need to be able to trace where all spam comes from so we can track down the perpetrators. and prosecute.


Dain Rudolph   March 26th, 2010 4:13 pm ET

I like Spam it tastes good...


Kevin   March 26th, 2010 4:17 pm ET

I agree with Mara. Google filters everything extremely well for me. I do get lots of emails from forums and sites every day, and they all come through as they should, but I never get the spam. Even my ISP account still lets 1 or 2 in. However, i am thankful for the automated filtering, and would have no problems if I found out my ISP was including the filtering in their pricing for my service. I'm ok with spending $5 extra a month for them to set up the required walls and filters to keep my inbox clean. Its a service after all. Someday the spammers will get the idea. Someday...


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Sybaris   March 26th, 2010 4:29 pm ET

The only spam I get now is from the 65+ crowd who forward me the kind of email that keeps Snopes in business.


Dennis Power   March 26th, 2010 4:30 pm ET

Love the name of the .pdf file "this helpful chart" the file name is _f_spam


Mike   March 26th, 2010 4:52 pm ET

My 2 year old gmail account's SPAM counter is always below 10. If you don't want spam, don't put your email address out there. Set up a "dummy" account to put your address into places that you think will send you garbage. If you're getting 100 spam emails a day, that's your fault.


K. Birdsall   March 26th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

The funniest spam email I received was one to buy PO Box 123( not the real #'s). My PO Box address. I was tempted to reply, saying that I would lease them the box for a few $mil.


david   March 26th, 2010 5:10 pm ET

Hey Sybaris , glad to see I'm not the only one who constantly has to set folks straight. Which, by the way, demonstrates another reason even our non-junk mail addresses get compromised. Folks endlessly forwarding emails without stripping incoming addresses, and folks not using bcc:


John   March 26th, 2010 5:11 pm ET

We should be able to give out passwords to allow other people to send us email. That is we give a unique password to each person we give our email too and enable mail sent by that password on our account. If spam is sent by a particular password we block email sent by that password. That would fix it.


Ross   March 26th, 2010 5:33 pm ET

I am wondering why the authorities don't target the companies with the ads. I get tons of spam from walmart etc.....

They are paying someone to send these.


deforge   March 26th, 2010 5:48 pm ET

ive had a gmail account for almost 6 years and during this time ive gotten no more than a hundred spam emails.
you cant get 'spammed' on twitter unless youre careless enough to follow some random requests – yeah i get those once in a while, but by the time i go to their page they have already been reported by vigorous reporting of other spam-victims-to be.


Chris   March 26th, 2010 5:49 pm ET

As an engineer that supports one of the largest and most successful anti-spam solutions on the market I would have to say we are winning. While the volume of spam as increased over the years the effectiveness of anti-spam solutions has also increased. One major pitfall is the fact that a lot of traffic is NOT actually spam, but things like mailing lists or marketing letters that users have unknowingly subscribed to. The problem with this is that the users complain and end up creating lots of background noise about messages that should never be classified as spam to start with. End users can actually go a long way in helping themselves by paying attention to what you join or subscribe to. Use Opt out if its a legitimate opt out. While a mass majority of spam comes from dynamic addresses admins can in some cases block static IP's at the firewall to limit aggressive traffic from such hosts. Unfortunately Most ISP's especially those over seas, are not willing to monitor bandwidth usage on dynamic addresses for port 25 thus sending spam is still pretty easy.


Emily   March 26th, 2010 5:57 pm ET

A few YEARS ago IBM publicly announced it had developed a program (I guess it was a program) that SENT SPAM BACK TO ITS SOURCE! and was going to release it for sale. Wonder what happened to that?


Jim Bradshaw   March 26th, 2010 5:58 pm ET

Even if I wanted what they were selling, I would go to my spam email account to buy. Once you answer any of them that account is never worth a damn again.


Ryan   March 26th, 2010 6:06 pm ET

First, the practice of buying and selling personal information should be made a criminal act. These transactions are not done for the betterment of the population, and they promote illicit and illegal endeavors.

Second, hosting a spam server should be a crime. If you purposefully host a spam server, or if your server is hijacked and you do not resolve the issue *immediately,* then a fine should be imposed and the server should be shut down until security programs can be enabled to prevent such misuse.

Third, corporations should be held liable for their trademarked, copyrighted information. If someone is anonymously sending spam about Viagra, and Pfizer does not intervene on behalf of its product, then Pfizer should be held liable for penalties and damages regarding harassment. Ad revenue streams should be limited to viable practices that are already in place, such as banner ads and embedded ads.

Do these ideas make sense? Am I on the right track, or am I being too stern?


Mark T   March 26th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

Very simple. Twitter seems to suspend accounts left, right and centre. Whilst the official version is claiming to reduce spamming – whytwitter sources show and say different.

http://bit.ly/9ZnCdS


Duped By Trusted   March 26th, 2010 7:20 pm ET

I am sure the banks are selling our info. I occasionally get e-mail from unknown sourses that have my first and last name and the banks are the only ones that have this information. phishers are sure to get some folks to continue with the next step toward figuring out a key to ripping folks off. Remember to call directly to known financial dealers and not the number listed on the sites claiming ergent info from you. They have gotten crafty. Good luck out there people.


Qodex   March 26th, 2010 7:33 pm ET

I can't remember the last time I got spam. It's one of the few things my ISP does right.

If there are times when you don't mind a couple emails from some organization, but then they're cut off, check out spamgourmet dot com.


TeaBagged   March 26th, 2010 8:07 pm ET

Charge $0.01 per email. First 100 of the day are free. End of SPAM!


RK ALLEMAN   March 26th, 2010 8:19 pm ET

OK wizards, seemingly so, of the Internet, you can point out the problems, but what are your cyber minds coming up with, as a solution? Actually, nothing. Do you know why? Because talk is cheap, yet talk never cooks the rice. You are seemingly artful in pointing out the flaws, yet you lack those two hangy thingys to do anything about it – other than appease your boss, satisfy the deadline, and scare the beJesus out of the rest of us – and blame us indirectly, because we're not as smart as you. If words, as feedback, were weapons, I'd hope my message to you eunuchs of the Internet to evaporate and let the rest of us alone. You're not doing us any good by constantly telling us what we already know. How the devil you're even getting paid to write the kind of gibberish that you do sickens me, because some of us need work and I'm sure I, for one, could not only report the ongoing abuse, but come up with a solution to stop it. But that's just me, not you. You're just a lousy journalist type who thinks he or she can write and educate the rest of us. Dream on! You're good at that much, at least.


carltown   March 26th, 2010 8:30 pm ET

I have a simple solution for the spam that comes in to my address. The spam address goes to junk mai lfolder and the address is blocked. In addition, the IP in the spam's mail header is dropped to a MySQL database table at my host. I use Cold Fusion to pop that table out on a web page. .It is a public page, gets lots of traffic. I invite the white botnets to use us to have their fun. It's illegal hosted email anyway.Ehat says I have to op out gets the same treatment. If I reply, they know they have an active address. They should not be using my commercial internet channel – that is stealing And I don't have time to op out all those emails. To remove an IP from thepublic MySQL database costs the host $200 if they want removal. If someone complains, I report them to their state attorney general (US) and to the feds.


chris   March 26th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

I would rather receive electronic spam that I can delete. Then receive printed spam that is killing a rain forest somewhere !


snadjafinia   March 26th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

SPAM has not been an issue for a long time now in regards to the internet. Any unwanted SPAM is the direct fault of the developers for not taking advantage of available technologies and resources. This article lacks insight.


LKM   March 27th, 2010 7:48 am ET

Here is a copy of some spam I just received:

Re: From Miss Florence Adams,
Abidjan,Cote d'ivoire,
West Africa.

Appeal For Urgent Assistance
Dear,

In confidence, I have to introduce myself for I am Miss Florence Adams, 22years old, the only child of late Chief Joseph Adams, I wish to request for your assistance in my efforts to procure the transfer of my inherited funds for investment ventures Overseas. I have Ten Million, Five hundred Thousand usd Dollars ($10,500,000.00) here in my name as next of kin with one of the prime bank here and I will require your assistance in receiving the transfer of the funds in your local bank account for investment purposes such as real estate management and stock market business.

As it is my desire to come over to your country to further my education while you take care of the investment of the money. I will be glad to give you 20% of the total sum for your co-operation. I will be very appreciative if you can return to me with urgent dispatch to enable me advise you on the modalities. I await in anticipation to receive your immediate response.

My Kind Regards,
Miss Florence Adams.


Chris D   March 27th, 2010 9:16 am ET

I know I hate all the spam email....Its a lot better now with junk filters ect. But we have to compare it to the junk we get at home. Like flyers ect. I know my reycling box fills up every month with flyers. I read maybe 1 out of every 25. They clog a persons mail box. Were I live a bundle of flyers are thrown on my drive way a couple times a week. Its a real inconvience, but worse in the winter when they get burried in the snow, and you hit one with the snowblower. Instant conffettii to be cleaned up in the spring. Junk/ spam email is a lot less of a problem than that, but adds to the `buy me' that were all forced to endure . So please someone put a control on the spamming of our life with real and electronic paper.


Doug   March 27th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

We agree that spam on Twitter, and spammy users in particular, are a growing problem (not shrinking). Our TwitSweeper.com service (that removes spammy followers for users) already shows that 5% of the followers that it has checked are spammy, and this percentage is growing as the spam detection methodology improves.

See our article that explains and disagrees with Twitter's claim of spam being down to only 1%:

http://thedustpan.com/2010/03/is-twitter-winning-the-war-on-spam-our-stats-do-not-support-this-assertion/

Doug


Robert E.   March 27th, 2010 7:11 pm ET

I have several Gmail addresses for various hobby uses. They have been posted on websites as contact points, so I assume that's where they were picked ip by spammers. Most of the spam I receive goes to the Junk Mail folder as I have set up filters to do the job. Spammers have the ability to "spoof" e-mail addresses, and a lot of spam I receive comes from "me", they're sending me spam from my address!

What gets me is all of the Viagra spam just never seems to stop. There are often 8-10 similar ads each and every day. They do change the message subject once in a while, but they are basically all the same, over and over again.

I get phishing spam all the time too, wanting me to confirm my PayPal or eBay account info.

The fuinniest I've received was from the FBI, wanting to award me some money. I live in Canada, so can't figure out how the US FBI wants to contact me!


Frank Boring Fitzgerald   March 28th, 2010 1:15 am ET

The problem of spam sent to my email address at gmail.com is most mis-addressed spam gets thru to my spam box in spite of the fact my email address is NOT on the mail. The spam getting thru to my spam box is by the hundreds per months and they most all have incorrect addresses. Once in a while a non-spam message is assigned to my spam box.

It is obvious from above, gmail.com does not have the proper filters in place to prevent mis-addressed email from getting into my spam box when they should have been killed as mis-addressed. No amount of attempts to contact Google have ever succeeded these past several years.


TonyK   March 28th, 2010 12:52 pm ET

Here are the idiots still responding to spam. Everyone should be required to have an IA license by passing an exam before getting a broadband license...like a ham radio.


Pat   March 28th, 2010 4:25 pm ET

What happened to the FCC's department that handles the SPAM issue? Are they getting paid to just respond to complaints. I never see anything regarding action taken to reduce or eliminate the problem.

Most servers/ISPs do use SPAM filters, but some of them are notorious for selling their expansive lists to the SPAMMERS themselves. They should be fined for doing so.


Leprakawn   March 28th, 2010 5:08 pm ET

Here is a site that helps fight spam: http://spampoison.com. I have a page with ±3,000 spammer e-mail addresses, and I am sure it gets hit a lot!


Gym   March 28th, 2010 8:54 pm ET

Bill Gates had an idea a few years back. For every em sent, you pay with x amount of cpu time. That time could go to any of a number of research sites using distributed computing solutions. This is very much like the 'pay x cents' per em that has been proposed here and else where. Of course, it was suggested by Bill, and therefore dismissed out-of-hand by the the anti-MS crowd. Too bad. Good idea.


baz   March 29th, 2010 8:51 am ET

If it cost money to send them there would be a lot less spam. But who wants that? Some of you might think that would not be a good idea because this is why our mail system sent us junk mail – the postal service wanted the bussiness. Perhaps if we put a charge to the International mailings it would cut out a significent part of the spam?


ca   March 29th, 2010 9:33 am ET

THE funniest ??

Go to 419eater.com.

This guy plays along with those jerks who say they want to send you a million dollars. He writes them back and says he's very interested and wants to help them.

He strings them along and then makes them do HILARIOUS stuff to prove their "honesty." He'll have them pose with funny pictures or wear silly things and take pictures of themselves. He has an AWESOME gallery of photos of these dorks.

It's really incredible. He's like our hero – keeping these numbskulls busy for us, one bad buy at a time.


Richard   March 29th, 2010 9:34 am ET

As part of our SPAM prevention measures we have blocked all IP addresses from Russia and China without exception.

Luckily we don't have legit business there currently so we can take that step, it has cut down on our SPAM by approximately 75%.


Simon Sosa   March 29th, 2010 11:52 am ET

I try to respond to SPAM letters. I figure that if everyone just starts responding (just with some kind of goofy email back) there's no way that the SPAMmers would be able to deal with the million emails that come back to their accounts.


gregory   March 29th, 2010 12:06 pm ET

recently got a message that read
"turn your Dollars into Cash" !!!!! very funny
years ago i used to get 2 aday of a message that read
"increase your ejaculation by 513%"
who would want that??? ewwwwww


gregory   March 29th, 2010 12:15 pm ET

and why 513%? and not 500%?


Barry   March 29th, 2010 1:14 pm ET

A few years ago, the City Attorney's office for this city's government nobly stated that government must remain 100% open to its citizens, so therefore there would be no filters for email of any sort – no one will be denied access to government. At around the same time, my work email account received 1,280 spams in a single day. Perhaps the City Attorney's office was also "blessed" with this volume. Soon thereafter, that office gave the green light to spam filters for the city's email systems. Now I receive fewer than a half dozen a day.


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Robert   March 29th, 2010 3:44 pm ET

The main reason that we have SPAM is that it works. People (and businesses) respond to these emails and send them money. If people did not send them money/information, the spam would stop. Advertisers would not spend the money to hire the spammers, if there was no economic return to them.


Cambo   March 30th, 2010 11:10 am ET

For a while I was getting mails from the "Netherlands National Lottery" or "Royal Dutch Shell Sweeptakes" obviously a scam. Funny thing 1 time they put a contact name & phone number at the bottom. So I deactivated caller ID and called the guy via Skype/Fring, surprisingly someone (who couldn't speak Dutch) answered & told me a BS story & asked me to reply to the email. We called him back about 200 times that night, got all my friends to make up stories & talk in different languages (to his credit he spoke a bit of French, Spanish & German). Eventually we couldn't connect anymore because he'd run out of credit on his Vodafone-NL prepaid mobile, guess the roaming charges are pretty high in Nigeria. Ha.


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