It has actually been quite some time since I last received a lottery scam in my mail box. It’s not as if a miss them, but I must admit that the iScam section of this site could use some updates.
Either, the scammers have become smarter and now filter out my email address form their send lists, or my spam filters have become more intelligent and now filter out the scams. I use a double system with server filtering that takes out the really obvious stuff and just trash it instead of sending it on to me. Then Apple’s Mail.app filters out the spam that actually reaches my computer in a some times too efficient way. Its great, and even though I have used some email addresses for 10 years, I don’t see much spam.
So for a while I have thought that the lottery scammers and 419ers had given up. Until I started moving all those old pages about them into this blog that is. I’m actually overwhelmed by all the comments I’m getting.
Now, several people have reported that they’ve also recieved actual letters (you know, the kind with text written on paper, that come in envelopes with stamps on them). This is totally inline with my theory that email is a dying form of communication.
In January I’ve only seen two Swedish phishing attempts against Nordea, and the occational PayPal phishing.
Then again. Other people, tha lack my level of spam filtering, still get the scam mails. Maybe I’ll just have to turn the filter knobs down a bit again to get some entertainment?