“Congratulations, You’ve Won!”

In today’s day and age, having an email account has become ubiquitous among students and adults. It’s a tool that has revolutionized the way we socialize, making hand-written letters an obsolete form of communication. However, the vast and rapidly expanding reign of the internet has become the source of malicious activity- with email being a vulnerable target. I’m sure many of those who are reading this have an email account, and for those that do, you’ve probably come across spam. I’m not talking about the canned meat, but instead, emails that have suspicious subjects. Whether the questionable email revolves around unclaimed tax returns or a Nigerian prince, it’s safe to say that spam/junk mail is only beneficial to the sender, and unfortunately, has become a major part of email culture.

Why send spam? 
It’s all money. Email provides a platform for individuals to advertise their product at extremely low costs. Spammers often compile giant lists of emails and send their message, hoping that someone out of the millions who received the message will actually respond and hand over personal account information. It’s easy to avoid junk mail for the average Internet user. However, “Grandpa Joe” who recently bought a computer for the first time is the perfect candidate to fall victim to email spam. To learn more about spam, click here.
Example of Email Spam
However, not all is dire. Symantec recently published that currently, there are less spam emails than actual, valid emails. More specifically, it’s estimated that spam accounts for 49.7% of all emails. While that statistic is a rough estimate, and 49.7% isn’t exactly the best figure in the world, it does show that spam messages are becoming less of a problem. Email services such as Gmail and Outlook make an effort to filter out junk mail and hope to win the fight against spammers.
All in all, just remember that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Be informed and make sure that spam messages are never liberated from their prison- the “Junk Mail” folder on your email account. Hopefully, we can further decrease the prevalence of spam to below 49.7%.

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