Clarisse Mulder September 23, 2012

I’ll be very honest. It’s not easy these days to differ spam from an actual e-mail. After all, not all spam gets filtered, and there are times when real e-mail ends up in the Junk Mail folder. But usually I base it on the name of the sender then the title. Does it sound like over the top? Normally spam mails do, perhaps to get you so excited to open the mail. Does it offer me huge amounts of money that I know I couldn’t get without significant hard work? If I get to open spam, I make sure I report it (I’m using Gmail, by the way), so hopefully it gets filtered the next time.

Joan Fommer September 25, 2012

I used to be very naïve when it comes to spam, especially when it concerns about jobs. You know, they sound so real! It took me a while before I figured out what a huge damage it could cause. Fortunately it never reached to a point that a malware was installed in my PC or someone hacked into my account. I just received more of them as time went on I had no choice but to leave that user account. I hope with blogs such as this, people will be more educated on how to deal with spam and phishing.

Jessica Craig September 26, 2012

I bet news and celebrities as a whole are also a huge topic for spammers. Is there any statistics how much they amount to? I believe they outnumber weight loss but this is only a guess of mine.

Emma Jackson September 27, 2012

This is such a nice list, definitely worthy to share to friends and family! I’ve been often asked by others what spam is or how it works. This will hopefully answer their questions, and they’ll be a lot wiser on how to deal with them. But I definitely wish spam will be no more. It’s just so annoying! They sometimes make up more than 50 percent of my email, and there are times when I was close to responding to one of them because they sound so legit! These people are really getting smarter, and it scares me to hell.

Jeff Orloff September 27, 2012

Very true Clarisse. That is why it is so important to have a solution in place that can help stop spam before it arrives in the user’s inbox.

Jeff Orloff September 27, 2012

These are huge topics, you are right. I have written some articles about how big news items are often manipulated by spammers.

Marina Garcia September 30, 2012

I can distinctly remember Olympics spam. I was hoping to get more news about how to obtain tickets for some of the games, and then I encountered an e-mail that mentioned it! I really thought that was it. Fortunately, I felt something was fishy since when I hovered over the link it doesn’t lead me to a secure page. So I really think it was spam and deleted it immediately. I also reported it to Gmail (since I’m using Gmail at that time). I’m hoping it helped and that such types of e-mails were not received by others, especially those who were gullible.

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