What is in your spam?

In August 2007, the amount of spam was just below 70% of all e-mail on the internet (rising from 66% in July). That is a whole lot of data and most of it is coming from Northern America and Europe. But spam about what are you most likely to encounter:
Spam categories september 2007 chart

  • 26% about Products, this can range from clothes, makeup, devices,…
  • 18% Internet services, from web hosting, web design, to even spam protection software.
  • 15% Financial e-mail: stock investments, credit reports, loans… (this is actually firm decrease from 21% in May 2007)
  • 12% Health services: pharmaceuticals, medical treatments, herbal remedies, …
  • 9% Scams: pyramid schemes, chain letters, foreign investments,…
  • Remaining 18% contains adult oriented content (6%), fraud (6%) like account notifications and credit card verification and finally leisure oriented e-mail (6%) like games, online casinos, vacations,…

[From: Symantec Security Response Weblog]

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