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June 15, 2008

It would be nice if Gmail could tell me itself…

Follow-up to I have more spam than emails… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I don't use Thunderbird; I just use the Gmail web interface. However I'd previously installed Thunderbird just to have a look.

So, using IMAP, I have established that my (currently) 20,333 conversations contain 27,620 emails... which is still less than the spam I get.

The spam comes in at 75,926 for the past 30 days. So I currently have 2.7 spam for every real email...

June 13, 2008

I have more spam than emails…

Between 2:57pm on 13th October 2004 and 2:37pm on 13th June 2008 I had received 20,298 email conversations* in Gmail:

I have more spam than emails...

Between 1:00am on 14th May 2008 and 3:28pm on 13th June 2008 I had received 68,217 spam conversations* in Gmail:

That's about 1 spam every 38 seconds...

If I've done the maths correctly (I rounded to the number of days), then that's 1 email conversation* every 1 hour, 38 minutes, and 28 seconds and 1 spam conversation* every 38 seconds.

I'm sure there will be many people that get much more spam that I do, but it's still a lot of spam...

(Coincidentally, since I took the screenshot the spam has risen to 68,303)

UPDATE: Another quick calculation: taking the number of spam over the past 30 days, and extrapolating it over the past 4 years gives about 3 million spam...

UPDATE: The number of spam I get has increased somewhat this year, and I've just found documented evidence that I used to get less spam. I'd forgotten about that one...


* In case you didn't know, Gmail groups related emails into conversations. The numbers in the screenshots are the numbers of conversations; the actual number of emails will be much higher, but isn't nearly as easy to find...

September 17, 2007

eBay Phishing

It always amuses me when spam phishing for eBay logins includes the Your registered name is included to show this message originated from eBay message, but quite clearly doesn't include your username...

March 20, 2007


(No, don't get excited; it's from a spam email.)

I've just recieved spam saying I've won €750,000, which is really stupid...

What would I do with 750,000 Euros? I can't spend Euros here...

September 18, 2006

Stupid spam

I’ve had a few really stupid pieces of spam lately, and I mean more stupid than Penis Enlargement Pills sent to my cat (yes, he has an email address). They’re claiming to be from Barclays Bank, and the subject is “Confirm your details to avoid service cancellation”, or words to that effect.

Now, I was always under the impression that banks take your money and invest it to make piles o’ cash for themselves; this is why they pay you an annual fee to encourage you to open an account; this is also, presumably, where they get the funds to cover loans and overdrafts.

Therefore, they last thing they’ll want to do, surely, is close your account for something as trifling as not being able to contact you; in fact the last I heard (which was, admittedly, quite some time ago) there were Swiss Banks still refusing to release Holocaust-victims’ funds to their children 50 years after they died…

June 07, 2006

Feckin' spam!

My spam filter keeps catching bounce emails telling me messages I haven't sent cannot be delivered.
The email address that the spam that's bounced was supposeldy sent from is [some random string of letters]
What I want to know is, are these addresses being used to spam people, and failing, or are the bolunce messages themselves the spam directed at me to try an trick me into responding to the "original" message or replying saying, "What the hell," and thus demonstrating that my address is real so they can commence spamming in full?

March 28, 2006

Spam, Bacon, Sausage, and Spam

In a little under 2 years, I have recieved about 8000 emails.
In the past 30 days, I have recieve a little over 2000 spam emails.

One quater of two years' emails in 30 days!
Bloody spam…

February 05, 2005

Spam, Sausage, Spam, Spam, Bacon, Spam, Tomato, and Spam

I find spam that advertises methods for reducing spam to be bitterly ironic…

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