How To Tell Spam More Easily


Thursday, 24 April 2008 at 5:00 am Pacific USA Time.

I use Spam Arrest for my email, and every day, I go through over 2000 spams that it catches. I’m afraid that something really meant for me won’t have verified itself through Spam Arrest’s procedure. So I eyeball it all day.

Sometimes, subject lines make it hard to tell spam emails. There is something that I’ve found really helps. Sort them by subject line. Rather than by who they’re from (since a stranger who wants to do business could be emailing you), or just looking at them by when they came in, sort by subject.

Once all those subjects line up, something that seems like it could be for you like, "I was hoping to chat with you," suddenly becomes obvious spam when you see you have 3 in a row with the same subject from different addresses.

If you are anything like me, and are often eyeballing hundreds of spams, sorting them by subject can quickly make a "hey this could be for me" moment turn into the realisation that it’s spam. Save time!


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Categories: Just An Observation

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One Response to “How To Tell Spam More Easily”

  1. Adam Morris says:

    I go down the line by Sender Name. If I don’t recognize the sender, it’s either spam or not that important =).