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Stunning decline in spam

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8:48 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Been seeing a slow drop in spam email for about two years. However, lately I've been getting almost no spam for "body enhancement", penny stocks (the SEC has played a role in that I think), Nigerian scams, sex oriented email... just about all spam. Wonderful!

My daily email had dropped in half in the past few months and sometimes I wonder if the mail server is down. I haven't done a thing to account for it. Likely explanation: business is so bad that spammers are quitting.

Only bad news is that "legitimate" emailers seem to be mailing newsletters and other advertising far more often.

Anyone else seeing this trend?

9:40 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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For me (at least the stuff that makes it through the filters), new SPAM about stocks, Nigerian scams, and p0rn has dropped to less than a trickle, but enhancement and drug SPAM is still high.
9:52 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I had seen a drop for a few months, coincidently right after that one major spammer was busted some time back. But lately it's back, just as bad if not worse than before.
10:04 pm on Feb 27, 2008 (gmt 0)



I saw a levelling off/slight decline in spam (across a whole mail server) during November to mid-February, but there's been a large increase during the last few days. Overall, I've seen attempted spam increase just under 2000% since February two years ago (that is the right number of zeros btw). Peak numbers were yesterday. Your mileage no doubt varies ;)
12:23 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I assumed my server was doing a better job.
6:45 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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IMO it's more likely that your ISP is doing a better job. I'm seeing as much spam as ever, largely in non-Western character sets that my ISP gives me no option to block.
8:39 am on Feb 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I don't use any spam filters at all and my spam has dropped by a huge amount.
My guess would be that, despite the volume, only a few people were responsible for what I was getting - now they're not bothering for whatever reason
4:21 am on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Spam always seems to go in waves. I get very little spam normally, but have actually been receiving a few more than usual over the past couple of months.
4:25 pm on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Only bad news is that "legitimate" emailers seem to be mailing newsletters and other advertising far more often.

As one of those "Legitimate emailers" I find this interesting. We are finding e-mailing to be an effective and cheap for of marketing. As a consumer I like some of the ones I get. More and more Legitimate emailers are improving the quality of their content of newsletters and advertisement. Ones I really like are from places like the Discovey channel that remind me of new seasons of my shows. I also like ones from a certain cat like computer hardware online company. For me having information easily available is a good things. I think these "Legitimate emailers" are catching on to this and learning how to provided informative newsletters and such that are beneficial to the consumer.
For my own program I haven't gotten there yet but I am working on it.

I think this emerging advertising style can be both bennifical to consumers and advertisers and be less SPAMMY.

5:05 pm on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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"Emerging?" Perhaps it can re-emerge.

Targeted email was highly effective until about 2003 when several things happened:

1) Legitimate email became lost amid blizzard of spam;
2) Prospects stopped providing their addresses even to trusted businesses
3) Prospects learned to use disposable email accounts for many purposes
4) Novelty of hearing "You Have Mail" wore off
5) Spam filtering complicated the task of sending even the most vital mail
6) Legal constraints (Can-Spam Law of 2003) frightened legitimate senders, but had little effect on flagrant spammers

5:40 pm on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Last month my small company's email server was processing 1400-1600 messages per weekday with a ratio of around 75-80% being blocked as spam. The weekends were seeing 800-1000 messages a day and nearly 100% of those were blocked as spam. This month I am in the 1200-1500 message range for the weekdays and 90-95% of those are spam. Weekends are around 1000 messages with about 100% blocked. Not much change here. Glad I have a great filtering system!
6:40 pm on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)



Just a quick comment on the premise at the start of the thread:

...business is so bad that spammers are quitting

Spam really doesn't work that way. As long as major ISPs allow such activity to continue unimpeded, there's no barrier to entry at all. Unsuccessful spam is just a reason to send more spam. This week, 'download vista' seems to be the latest wave.

On a less general note, I'm still getting forwarded emails with comments like "Hey! I can be top of Google for just $10 a month. Do you know how to do this?". The market is still thriving...

3:36 am on Mar 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I never used to have any spam because I use my emails for business to business or personal.. so no one really had a chance to hand out my address. (Plus I change my email address once every 6 months, except the throwaway ones used on website sign-ups and whatnot)

I have been noticing, a HUGE increase of spam into my email I use as administrative contact for my domains. "We would like to work with you" type junk emails.. all from different people / companies, all containing pretty much the same exact text.

5:01 am on Mar 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

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