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Interesting light shed on the unstoppable spams

Published on: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

I read a piece written by Spector Lincoln on PCworld.com why spams keep showing up in our mailbox. Here are some excerpts:

It doesn’t take many suckers to make spam profitable. I’ve read estimates claiming that for every million spam messages sent out (including the majority stopped by filters), only three people fall into the spammer’s trap.

That sounds like a very bad business model, but it’s actually a very lucrative one. There are tens of billions of spam messages sent each day—possibly an many as 100 billion. That means 300,000 suckers a day.

So if we can not prevent spammers from spamming, we can prevent us from becoming the victim. Remember:

  • Don’t trust promises of cheap drugs, obscene pictures, or get-rich-quick schemes.
  • If something seems too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true.
  • IRT does not ask you to automatically increase your mailbox size, log in to reset your password, account discontinued, etc…
  • When in doubt, contact either Don or Kelly.
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