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Above-Average Amount of Gmail Spam

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

Friday, January 4, 2008
12 years ago4,352 views

Is anyone else getting more spam mails lately than usual? For a couple of days, I'm seeing a lot of what I would have considered "too obvious to get through" kind of spam in my Gmail account for: viagra, enlargements, rolex replicas, and so on. It's not even hidden in image attachments, but written out as text right in the mail.

I'm almost inclined to set up a couple of my own filters – e.g. putting "rolex", "replica", "viagra", "enlargement" and so on to auto-forward to the trash, and it's not the kind of topic I'd be usually discussing in normal conversations anyway. On the other hand that might start to become a real time intensive job to keep that manual spam filter up-to-date...

jim s [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

No more spam for me. Actually I get less spam, (almost none) from gmail, unlike yahoo or hotmail.

[Edit-Removed Sig-Nate]

Stephen Tordoff [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

If you go ahead with the manual filters, be careful which words you add. For example, "replica" and "enlargement" could easily occur in a 'real' email.

For the record, I have had around the same amount of spam, all of which went to my spam box. Check your address book for spam email addresses maybe?

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I've had a couple recently – which is a couple more than usual I guess.

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I had ONE in my inbox yesterday, which was the first in probably a month. My avarage detected spam is 66.5 a day* (probably quite low for most people here :D)

*Based on the past 21 days

Martin Porcheron [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

My spam count seems to fluctuate, in December I was getting at least 100 a day but now it seems to be down to about 20. One got through earlier this week, and I thought it was odd at the time because it has similar chacterisitics to the mails you mentioned Philipp.

<<to the trash>>
Shame there is no "mark as spam" as Google's filter will be none the wiser.

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I was checking my spam folder and I saw this great contextual ad.
picasaweb.google.com/topdawgna ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nate are you sure that's the right image?

Stephen Tordoff [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Nate,

Those spam recipes are always there. You also get recycling facts in the Trash folder.

See: blogs.zdnet.com/ip-telephony/? ...

Stephen Tordoff [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Slightly off-topic, but as I was in my trash folder I decided to empty it. It still says: "Who needs to delete when you have over 2000 MB of storage?!"

This text needs an update it seems.

NateDawg [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

[put at-character here]stephen – Thanks, I guess I just never noticed it before (I love coder's sense of humor :)

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Philipp, have you signed up with your email address at any new sites recently? I haven't seen an increase in spam on my gmail account. But my yahoo account gets those 'You've just won the UK lottery' emails about 10 times a day. Yahoo's filters never seem to catch it as spam either. :(

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I just got a few more today, so it seems things must have changed for the worse.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I complained about this last month (blogoscoped.com/forum/116681.h ...). Since then, I received at least 10 other obvious spam messages.

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I get at leas 3 obvious spam messages a day that are obvious, i guess I'm careless with my address...

Mrrix32 [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Got another one today so thats 2 in the past month now :D (It was forign, but that shouldn't matter)

que [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Same amount (12-15/day) as usual for mean and all identified correctly as spam. Haven't seen spam in the inbox in quite some time.

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

my count is some 20/day
which is higher from past and many of them are now dropping in inbox rather than going to spambox (false positive)

drtimofey [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I seem to have a lot more spam in my inbox the past 2 weeks.

alek [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I've seen an increase in spam the last few days. Along with the usual crapola, I'm getting more "Russian spam" ... and even though my last name ends in "Sky", I really haven't asked for it ...

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Although I do receive on average 20 something spams per day .. I don't see any sudden increase in Spam in Inbox. They all are filtered properly.

Martin Wanders [PersonRank 0]

12 years ago #

I got tons of spam (3000/day!) but Gmails catches them all. I use the setup described at iopus.com/guides/gmail-spam-fi ...

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