Google Mail has a spam problem
April 3, 2008
Actually, Google Mail has had a spam problem for a while now. Their oldest problem is advance fee fraud spammers; GMail has been playing host to a revolving cast of them starting roughly from when it first became reasonably easy to obtain a GMail account. Given that 419 spam is hard to detect automatically this isn't too surprising, but still.
Recently it's gotten worse, possibly because automation may have become much better at creating GMail accounts. I'm seeing recognizable repeat spammers, with more or less the same message (and certainly shilling the same websites, because that's what I'm blocking on); if I can recognize these spammers, GMail certainly ought to be able to do so too. I believe I've even seen a phish spam through GMail.
(A remarkably bad phish spam, but still.)
I feel that GMail's spam problem is exacerbated by a number of issues:
The very opaqueness of Google and GMail makes the whole situation worse and makes it impossible to judge them on anything except results. And the results are not good; these days, I think I am running at least a ten to one ratio on spam from GMail versus real mail from GMail. This does not please me.
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