Legit = 1,716 messages
Spam = 3,365 messages
Of the spam 223 were obvious scams and another 118 were phishing attemps. The worst month was May when I endured a flood of 1,767 spam messages while receiving only 141 legit emails.
For those who get spam:
- Don't 'unsubscribe'. When you reply with the 'unsubscribe' spammers know that they got a live account and your inbasket will probably be flooded.
- If your ISP provides spam filtering use it!
- For phishing attempts forward them to the financial institution for them to handle. Don't ignore them as this gives the spammer time to hurt some one else.
- Create a 'throw-away' account in Yahoo, Hotmail or GMail. When you fill in those registration cards use that account and not your personal.
- If it is an obvious spam don't read the message. Discard it. There are ways for the spammer to know the message was read. The easiest is to embed a graphic link so that when you open the mail it send a request to send the picture and the spammer knows it is a live account.
Here is a quick list of a number of email addresses to forward those phishing attempts to:
- Bank of America - email@example.com
- Barklays - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Chase - email@example.com
- EBay - firstname.lastname@example.org
- MSN - email@example.com
- PayPal - firstname.lastname@example.org
- VISA - email@example.com
A few more things you should be doing:
- Keep your anti-virus up-to-date.
- Keep your firewall up-to-date.
- Keep your system patched. If you are using Windows use 'Windows Update'.
- Backup all of your critical data to CDs (or DVD) on a regular basis.