Queen of Spam

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U.S. Inauguration Day may have come and gone, but the event is still on the minds of people everywhere — even spammers.

In the month of December, the new first lady bypassed A-list celebrities such as Angelina Jolie and Britney Spears to claim the crown of “most spammed subject,” according to anti-spam company SPAMfighter. Out of a total of 1.4 million spam emails, Jolie received 195 hits and the pop singer scored 468, while Mrs. Obama’s name appeared in nearly 2,000 emails. (Whether or not these statistics are flattering is an entirely different question.)

SPAMfighter urges Internet surfers to be cautious of unsolicited emails — even if it sounds like breaking news or juicy gossip. Do you exercise caution when opening emails from unknown sources? What are some practical things you have tried to outsmart spammers? 

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Deanna Hartley


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