October Spam Total: 1501
Continuing the series of posts that exist simply to make a simple observation, I've noticed a marked increased in the amount of spam I'm getting - 1501 messages in just one month. That's a 50% jump!
I quickly skimmed through the messages, 100 at a time, to get a feel for the garbage that gmail was sheltering me from - ads for lots of 'Viab5gra', stock tips, and more than a few scams to try and steal eBay account information.
Though I should hardly be surprised, I'm still amazed by the sheer volume of drug ads. They're overwhelming any other category - is this line of spam really that lucrative? They obviously must be sending out messages for things that 'work' in the sense of getting responses from the gullible and the desperate.
How very odd, really. I mean, how naive and trusting to you have to be to buy cut-rate medicine sight-unseen over the internet?
Part of the "run through the field of spam" exercise also involves checking out if there's anything interesting. A while back I saw what looked like a bit of a plagarized Harry Potter text in a spam. Now, I see what looks like a stock tip describing the financial viability of Facebook or something like that.
I hardly want to spend a lot of time going through this, so that's as much information as I'm going to dig out of it - and it's probably the lion's share of the narrative you will get from such a spurious e-mail.
I wonder if this will continue trending upwards infinitely or if the flood will ever stop?
Perhaps this month may be an abberation - I noticed a two-day phase where someone essentially mail-bombed me with spam.
Should be fun to find out if any changes are in store, I suppose.