The answer is: "A ratio of 3000 to 1, Alex"

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  1. John Backlund

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    The question is: "What is the ratio of legitimate emails I receive compared to scamming spammer emails over a thirty day period".

    I might get one...maybe two, legitimate emails per month, but I get over 100 spam emails every-single-day. I throw them in the 'trash file', then delete them....and here they come again....and again, and.....again.

    They apparently almost ALL come from the same source, as the 'unsubscribe' address is the same (fake) PO box in Boston for every one of them, but of course, it's impossible to 'unsubscribe, and the stuff just keeps relentlessly loading into my inbox.
     
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    My number of spam emails isn't as high as yours, but I'd estimate about five or six times spam to legitimate.....still a nuisance. I look over all the spam (not opening) to be certain something legit wasn't accidentally sent to spambox. BUT.....I'd still rather get spam emails than robocalls, any day.....;)
     
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  3. don71

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    I hear ya, John. I don't get that many spams but YES! trying to unsubscribe seems to just attract more. Dag nam it.

    I've told the family to always have two emails. An official one and one you don't care about and be careful what you apply these to.
     
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  4. John Backlund

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    I've received two robo calls today, so far. It's always the same Visa/Mastercard 'zero interest' scammers, who all sound like they're from Pakistan when I push #1 to tell a 'representative' what a goat-f#@king criminal parasite he/she is.

    There's good reason I'm not in the diplomatic corpse.

    I know that the best way to handle the calls is to not respond to them...but sometimes, it feels very good to express one's disatisfaction with a stream of 'colorful vulgarities'.
     
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  5. Pasta Player

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    About the same here John… but primarily to my gmail account - daily.

    Funny (not funny) thing is that I recently began email correspondence with an old GF who now has a last name that is Japanese in origin. Almost immediately I began receiving porn / dating / click-bait spam featuring almost entirely oriental women. (Who says that certain email header info and your email address isn’t monitored & “harvested”?) And again, ’tis my gmail address.

    Prior to this, it was mostly spam originating from servers in the U.K. so I installed filters and blocked specific I.P. addresses on my gmail account and that reduced the traffic significantly - but then it simply began again. It’s my secondary email address and now I just trash the contents of the spam folder daily.

    I NEVER click on these, nor do I attempt the unsubscribe feature as I never subscribed in the first place… and un-subscribing only let’s then know that they’ve a “live” email address - for someone. I may eventually set up another gmail address and simply abandon the one that now gets all of the spam - just to see if the new gmail address falls prey to the same deluge of never-ending trash. As don71 stated… a second email address is almost mandatory.

    And, I thought that it couldn't get any worse with the robo calls until the other day when I received one and they were speaking strictly Chinese! Not a word of english.
     
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    Spam emails and robo-calls on phones seem to be funded primarily by the originating entities selling on lists of "confirmed contacts", which one is if one responds in any way--clicking on an email, picking up the phone on a robo-call.
    Most of the pitches are so ludicrous as to be laughable.
     
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    If a lot are from the same marketing companies (normally says their name in the footers) if you research into how legit they are, sometimes you can successfully unsubscribe. These people aren’t scammers as such but rather sign you up to their 10-email-a-day lists when you sign up for something else. Do beware clicking any links on weirdo emails though. It’s often just better to set up a filter to send them directly to spam.
     
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    "Work from Home using your pc or phone!"
     
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    For every one I unsubscribe from I get a couple new ones. If I don't recognize the sender I just trash 'em. Last eve. however I got the "Big trouble with Microsoft" blue screen which cripples my keyboard and wants me to call immediately. I hit the off button, unplugged and walked away for 10 minutes. They were gone when I returned.
     
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    I think unsubscribe is a scam all it’s own. Especially the ones where they ask you to enter your email address.
    You’d think if they sent you an email they’d already know your email address.
    But not so, they can pay a host sender to send their emails through them, but if you then give them your email thinking you are unsubscribing, you are in fact giving them your email address so they came send it to you directly from them without the expense of using a host.
    It’s all a scam.
     
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    I don't understand. I have a plain old yahoo email that I have had since the 90's. I probably get around 50-100 emails a day. Only 2 or 3 spammers ever make it to my inbox in a month! My spam filters work marvelously. Same thing with my Hotmail email but just a few more spammers make it in there.
     
  13. John Backlund

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    I've always gotten a small number of them (the unwanted emails), but about two months ago, the floodgates opened up and I have been deluged ever since with 100+ every day. I must have done something to have triggered this onslaught of bullsh#t, but have no idea what it might have been.

    Maybe if I went to Boston, found out where their (I know, fake) PO box is, and waited around a corner with a baseball bat...or better yet, a telecaster, and..........nah!.

    Never mind.
     
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    Sadly, one has to have a good work-around for this problem. I've got a pretty good spam filter set up so these things generally get thrown in my 'junk' folder which gets deleted every time I exit the mail app. If some legitimate email gets chucked in there occasionally that's too bad I guess. The price of using the 'net. At least I don't have to worry about any business-type email getting lost.
     
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    I have an email address for friends, and another for anything I need to sign up for online. I redirect the mail from the second to the first so I only need to check one account.

    If the second address starts getting overwhelmed with rubbish, I delete it and start a new one. (But I've only had to do that once so far).
     
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    In my scholastic community, professors have to tell students (usually in their 20s), “You MUST check your email for this class. That’s the only way I can communicate with everyone effectively. If I put it in an email, and you miss it - not my fault.”

    Most people are now trained to ignore email unless they’re expecting something specific.
     
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    I've been using "NOMOROBO" for a couple of years now, and it's been pretty effective handling (blocking) robocalls, until recently. A lot of obviously solicitation type calls come through, although if I don't know the number (caller ID) I just ignore. The ironic thing that's happened twice now, is a solicitor "spoofs" the caller ID, and it reads NOMOROBO as the caller's name. Obviously I don't answer, and they leave no message on answering machine. If Dante were to write The Inferno today, he'd have to include a dedicated circle in Hell for the phone and email scammers.....and they'd deserve it! ;)
     
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    Well, I'm STILL waiting in that airport in Utah for that $25,000 you promised to deposit for me so I could return to my throne in Nigeria and lead my people to a better future. You really shouldn't break promises to stranded princes like that, my randomly chosen American e-friend. We have voodoo skewers taken from those fondue sets UNESCO used to send us (along with 2,040,167 shower caps). Deposit the dough or we'll de-mojo your juju.
     
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    I know you're faking, you're grammar is far too good.
     
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