Do you still read email marked as spam

@wrangel15 (1443)
Philippines
December 3, 2008 9:36pm CST
There are times when important messages reach the spam folder. That's why I still read spam messages. Some are just not suppose to be spam. Until now I still receive spam emails. I guess there's no way of avoiding them. What we can do is just to reduce the number of spam entering our email account. Do you still read spam messages in your email.
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
4 Dec 08
Most of the time, I just look at the title if it does seem important, if not, I'd just mark them along the rest of the spam folders and delete them.. don't know how we get spam but, why do we get them?
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Me too. It is the title which I read to decide if I am going to delete a message. I think we get spams when our email address get posted on the web. This is just one reason. The are programs that gather email messages on web pages and bring the list gathered to the spammer so he can send to them messages later on.
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@trinale (1486)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I use a software program called MailWasher PRO to scan all my emails and have it automatically delete obvious spam and flag potential spam mails. On average, I get between 2500-3000 emails daily and 99.5% of it is spam. Fortunately, I don't have to spend hardly any time filtering. Stan
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
I don't think anyone will be able to read the all of those spam messages you're receiving. :) It's good you have that MailWasher. I haven't used that kind of software yet. I just use the filtering capability of Gmail. So far it's doing great.
@trinale (1486)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I normally don't use Yahoo or Gmail for online business purposes, so I had to find something to use and thank goodness for MailWasher! Once you set up all the various filters on keywords, from addresses, to addresses or entire domains, it works great! Stan
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
4 Dec 08
i do, before i dont. i just let them fill up there at where it was, then as i see it filling up i just began to get curious what was in. in my surprise i saw some of discussions started of my friends here at mylot. some are the response i made that was choosen as the best response and some other important mails. i really dont know what it was doing there at the spam part. so now if i see any mail there i take a look at it also
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
There also was an instance when I found one best response message sent to the spam folder. Nowadays where email account space is not a problem, it is fine to leave messages and not delete them. That's I too just let messages accumulate on my email. I'm thinking that present messages can be used later. I let them stay for historical purposes. But then I delete those messages which I think won't be used in the future.
@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Yes, I always check my spam mail carefully - for a start, all my Best Responses somehow end up in the spam file! There are other important things in there as well, including notes about magazine subscription renewals. I don't get a lot of REAL spam these days - so it always pays to check, just in case.
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Me too. I don't have many spam messages received but the number increases because I don't check it oftentimes. To delete the spam messages, I usually choose choose check all and then de-select (if there is such a word) the messages I want to read.
@cupkitties (6703)
• United States
4 Dec 08
Only if I recognize it comes from someone I know or is something that i have signed up for. Then I will be sure it comes to my inbox in the future. I am also using Gmail and have not gotten any spam at all.
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
In my case I have so many sites which I joined in. Now I can't identify where other spam messages really came from.
@sivanj (1263)
• India
4 Dec 08
yeah i do. because i don't still have full belief on the spam algorithms used by either yahoo or gmail. to be frank i believe the gmail algorithm and i am able to understand what it does. very rarely do i find some useful mails in spam folder. but with yahoo i have had problems. i don't know what sort of algorithm they use. i question the basic logic there. look at this situation and you will understand. i have a group of friends whom i mail daily. their email address is in contacts. i have hundreds of their email in inbox. can't yahoo understand that this is a good email id now. i suddenly don't find replies from them, only to find their emails in spam/bulk folder. this looks ridiculous for me. so no option than to check spam folder everyday.
• Malaysia
4 Dec 08
sometimes even man typed mail also in spam. i don't know why. it is better to read.
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@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
sivanj you have a point. Though many important messages go to the inbox, some official messages still go to the spam folder. There may be just some flaw on the way messages are filtered. But then it makes us to be responsible in checking our incoming messages. We cannot just rely on computers. There are just some things computer cannot do like the human do.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
I will skim over their titles, butI definitely don't open them and read the contents. Having the preview window to the right of Outlook also helps me to see what the content is without actually opening them too. I get way too much spam unfortunately to do any more than that and it's too risky these days to open them.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
I guess you're using Windows. Am I right? I found it risky opening spam messages especially the attachments before. But now I am using Linux already and I am sure viruses and other malicious programs cannot do any harm on my computer. I haven't used outlook yet. It's good it has an email preview feature.
@sudhibus (100)
• Kuwait
4 Dec 08
No I never open a spam mail. Because I know its spam mail. Just read the subject thats all. Mostly I never find a mail for me among the spam mails. why we should waste time on that.
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Some of the emails that arrive to my spam folder are important too. In some cases, some myLot messages go there. I even found a best response message there before which is why I really check my spam folder. There are also other times when we don't know a message as important or not unless we open and read it.
@loxion (1551)
• India
4 Dec 08
I still do, there are some online projects which i am involved in and their mails always go straight into the spam folder. But if i do not know the sender then i just ignore it and delete it right away. Even mylot mails would go to the spam folder, until i created mylot folder and directing every mail from mylot to its folder. Spam mails are difficult to avoid as you said, i think the best and only thing we can do is to ignore those mails that we do not where they come from and only reply to the ones we know
@wrangel15 (1443)
• Philippines
5 Dec 08
Yeah. Since we usually receive more spam messages than important ones, we should just ignore them and focus on the ones we really needed.
@MsTickle (25014)
• Australia
10 Dec 08
I check my spam folders from time to time because just as some spam gets to my Inbox, some proper mail goes to my Spam folder
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I have to also check my spam folder since a few important things slip in there occasionally. I keep marking them not spam but somehow they still get caught in the junk trap. I look at them I read a few that look important or are important. my sister in law never checks her she just deletes. I can't take that chance.
@Paula1966 (1102)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I have had e-mails from my boss' boss go to spam, luckily I checked. I don't really read them unless there is a question about what it is. Most of my spam I can scan right over the sender and chunk it.
• Canada
4 Dec 08
i do. but not the entire message, il go into the spam or junk folder and just read the headers or the subjects and who the sender is. the odd time something will get shoved into there that shouldn't be and so i always double check.
@savak03 (6686)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I get over 500 spam emails per day so if I spent time reading them I would get nothing done. You are right that sometimes an important email gets accidentally dumped in the spam folder. So once a day I scroll through the spam folder looking for any misplaced emails then I empty the folder to get ready for the next batch.
@jacex0 (20)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I sometimes look in the spam folder when i sign up for different services online. Sometimes the confirmation email is sent to the spam folder.
@cynthiann (18637)
• Jamaica
4 Dec 08
No, I don't read any email marked as spam. I have at least 100 emails a day so do not have the time to bother to read thgem. If something is important that I have missed and not responded to then the person can phone me. I just don't have the time and rarely read any forwards either. Blessings
• Philippines
4 Dec 08
I do check my email's spam folder to see if any of my regular mails ended up in there. They're quite easy to recognize anyway as I know what emails to expect. With the rest of the items, I delete them right away.
@oldboy46 (2133)
• Australia
4 Dec 08
Yes I check my spam folder just in case something important ends up in it. But unless I know the sender then I report it as phishing and most of the mail which ends up iont he spam folder is just that SPAM. Actually I keep a couple of different email adresses for specific purposes. For example any competitions/contests that I enter as well as the free stuff I requst go to the one email address, friends and family to another, myLot to a third one and survey sites to a forth email address. It is a few to check but at least they are all kept separate and mostly the only one which attracts the spam is the competitions/contests and free stuff one. Guess someone might be selling the email addresses but I can live with that and delete the junk. I do not think that there is any way we can realy reduce spam/junk emails. The best we can do is report themas phishing scams and/or delete them but then another lot just pop up.
@rodveiga (335)
• Portugal
4 Dec 08
I check my spam once a week. Sometimes, I find a message that got there by mistake.
• United States
4 Dec 08
Sometimes I still read those annoying Spam messages because as you say, important messages accidentally go into the spam folder. But,recently it has become near impossible because some site that i visited that has my email sends hundreds of spam messages to my spam folder daily. So i can no longer filter through each message as I would like to.