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Spam Overload

I just checked my SpamAssassin stats and it reckons it's processed 40,000 spams in the last year since it was installed.

This seems excessive, especially as I don't have my email address on any public websites. Must be due to people selling my email address from sites I've registered with.

Is it just me, or does anyone else get this much spam ?

[Perhaps my ex-wife registered me with lots of mailing lists. Charming, but par for the course, I guess.]

Steve Jones (UK)
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Between the time someone tells me that he's sent me an email and my receiving it in my (never used) Yahoo account, I'll probably receive one or two spam letters.

It's an old account, and I've used it to sign up for things, and for yahoo groups and so forth. I'm not alone in receiving this volume of spam... Though luckily my private account only gets a few a day, and those addresses are disposable and trained to go to my junk folder anyway.

I use it, I recommend it.

I use it and recommend it as well.
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

I get about 100-200 spams a day...

Used to annoy me but now it's all fodder for Spam Bayes (as recommended by Mr Joel) and I enjoy watching it being efficiently dispatched!

Wednesday, December 10, 2003

I get spam on my work account and I've never given it to anybody. I have a Sri Lankan internet account that is only ever used for the very occasional send (like six a year) when I'm there and I still get some spam.

I've got Spam Bayes working (I needed to set background filtering which is not as easy as it seems since it tends to freeze Outlook before you can configure it) and it takes most of the nuisance out. I just cursorily glance before deleting.

Stephen Jones
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

My main email address has been active since 1995. I used to use Usenet a lot before the spammers arrived, and I'm pretty sure that's why I now get 100 spams a day.

Spam used to be merely annoying, now most of it I find actively offensive.

Originally I complained to the ISPs after I'd reverse engineered the headers, but once I started getting past 10 a day that became impractical.

Since I've put SpamBayes in, it's pretty much solved the spam problem. My only concern is that because I get a lot more spam than ham, it might be difficult to train SpamBayes correctly due to a skewed volume of evidence.

Better Than Being Unemployed...
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

200+ per day now on an account I'm about to cancel (moved to a cable internet provider).  Eudora's spam filtering was catching 95-97.5 percent of the spam.

Bruce Perry
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Well, I've been lucky.  I have a primary email address that I've been using for about two years, and so far have received maybe 5 spam messages total.  I've just tried to use common sense with it -- don't use it when registering with less-than-reputable sites, don't use it where it might be posted on a web site, and munge it when posting newsgroup messages. 

I also have a separate "disposable" Yahoo address.  For the longest time, even that wasn't getting any spam.  Recently I've been receiving perhaps one spam message per day, all of which are caught by Yahoo's spam filters.

Robert Jacobson
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

One 100% reliable way to drown in spam is to register a domain name.  Those records are all out in the public domain and the spammers assume (accurately I think) that the address used for the domain registration contact will be a good one.

Just wait until one of those friendly spammers uses your email address as the "reply-to" in one of their spam blasts.  All the bounces will come back to you, I'm talking thousands and thousands.

Mitch & Murray (from downtown)
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

I have a domain registered (, and yes its ugly.  I'll re-do it someday.) and its got my email address in it.  I don't seem to get too much spam though.  Maybe 10-20 a day.  Mozilla's bayesian filtering catches probably 90+%, though I've only been using it for a week.  It gets better every time I check, it seems :D

Andrew Hurst
Wednesday, December 10, 2003

One or two posts to usenet is all it took for me...

At first it was once every couple of days, then a couple a day, now its like a couple every 10 minutes, and still climbing...

Gordon Hartley
Thursday, December 11, 2003

I had my email address on thousands of forum posts for a couple of years and nothing came. Then about a year ago I started getting half a dozen a day.

Some things are strange. Our college department address is all over the web and we get half-a-dozen spams a day. My college address is nowhere, and I get three spams a day.

Stephen Jones
Thursday, December 11, 2003

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