March was another bumper month for spam, with the latest figures revealing a continued increase in the amount of unsolicited e-mail traffic. Anti-spam firm Brightmail recorded a 4-percent month-on-month increase in the amount of spam detected by its Probe Network. More alarmingly, compared to the same month last year, the amount of spam detected has almost doubled.
The most common kinds of spam can best be described as the usual suspects, with porn, scams, financial services and product offers--such as natural Viagra or weight loss pills--all featuring heavily. According to Brightmail's figures, the most common scam is the notorious and typically Nigerian-based 419 con, where recipients are offered a share of an unclaimed fortune. Pyramid schemes and chain letters are still going strong. Anybody using a Hotmail or similar e-mail account would doubtless add the sale of trumped-up degrees and qualifications to that list.
In total scams and other financial offers--such as the grey area of low interest loans and mortgages--accounts for 27 per cent of all spam (10 per cent scams, 17 per cent financial offers).
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News source: ZDNet