spamOkay, admit it, odds are that at least a few of you reading this post have responded to an advertisement in a spam email.

Don’t. Just… don’t.

According to a new study by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), 52% of email users have clicked or read a spam email message, and even more frightening is that 12% of users say they have attempted to purchase a product advertised in spam.  No wonder spammers keep attempting to get into our inboxes!

For the love of crimeny, you should not be buying items from spam, let alone reading them!  A good portion of spam contains viruses, trojan horses and bots that will turn your computer into a spam generating zombie system.  (no, I am not making that up)  No matter how enticing you think the offer may look, do NOT open spam emails.  They are nothing but a minefield of dangers, and seeing as 80% of respondents to the study of 800 email users with self-managed accounts think that they are at no risk from these dangers, it is obvious you need to be reminded.

Please, do not read spam emails, do not be tempted by insanely low prices for perscriptions or, even worse, think about buying pills that will… um… enlarge portions of your anatomy.  There is a reason this stuff is called “spam”.

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