Survey: 52 Percent Have Clicked On A Spam Email

We all get spam. Some of us get tons of the stuff and so, we recognize it more easily. When someone tries to sell me Viagra, I know not to click. Mostly because I'm a woman and have no use for that sort of thing, but also because I'm not a fool and those kinds of emails just scream spam-scam. Apparently not all of us can spot spam a mile away.

A recent report by Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) shows that there are plenty of people willing to respond to the trashy emails that land in their inbox every day. MAAWG conducted hundreds of interviews across the country. Those interview were folks with email addresses not managed by a corporate IT staff and the results are pretty unbelievable.

More than half said they had clicked on a spam email and 12 percent said it was because they were interested in the product being peddled. MAAWG reported that two-thirds of the group said that they were very or somewhat experienced with Internet security, and a majority used filters of some kind in order to avoid spam. Eighty-two percent were aware of bots and botnets, however not many believed they were at risk of being victimized by one.

Have you ever tried to buy something from a spam email? Let us know!

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  • Buy something? no. get a fake job? yes. xD Bastards. Glad my Credit union is smart.
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  • All this means is that 48% of respondents lied. Nobody who uses email has *never* opened a piece of spam mail. As in, never, ever even once did they click on a piece of spam by accident.

    Heck, with preview panes it's impossible for me to go half a day without seeing some spam -- if only to delete it.
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  • talysAll this means is that 48% of respondents lied. Nobody who uses email has *never* opened a piece of spam mail. As in, never, ever even once did they click on a piece of spam by accident.Heck, with preview panes it's impossible for me to go half a day without seeing some spam -- if only to delete it.

    I think there is a bit misunderstanding here. I open the spam emails in order to understand the latest scam, but you have to use e-mail client that have safe mode. The problem occurs if someone using old OutLook Express that automatically loads all images and executes JavaScripts. The user gets owned on the spot.
    The real problem is that many users are continuing to click on the links embedded into the spam emails and get redirected to bad web sites. The main reason why we get so much spam is because the spam works and makes money for the spammers. Once we educate the users or come with effective technology to block them (very unlikely) the spam will become all most none existing, but until then I am going to continue to win lottery every day. Lucky me! :D
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