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8/27/2018
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6.4 Billion Fake Emails Sent Each Day

US the leading source of phony messages worldwide.

New data on email threats in the first half of 2018 shows that some 6.4 billion emails sent each day worldwide are fake.

According to email security firm Valimail, the US is the No. 1 source of fake email, sending some 120 million phony messages in the second quarter of 2018. Valimail, an email authentication vendor, gathered data from emails that spoof the domain of the email sender. The data is based on both Valimail's own analysis of billions of email authentication requests to its DMARC service, as well as analysis of more than 3 million DMARC and SPF records.

DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) and SPF (Sender Policy Framework) are email authentication standards. 

According to Valimail, 96.2% of the emails its DMARC-based email gateways inspected in the first half of 2018 were legitimate, while 2.2% were not, and 1.5% were from legit sources but failed to follow DMARC. 

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DavidHamilton,
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1/3/2019 | 8:36:47 AM
It's so obvious!
I actually think it's really funny to read these fake emails. I mean some of them are so obviously scams, it's hilarious. Once in a while I'll see articles online about how this scammer turned out to be a so and so and then they try and run some back story about how they were totally exposed while trying to rip someone off.... I really don't think it's that difficult for people to recognize that someone is trying to pull one over you when you read a spam email these days!
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12/18/2018 | 10:54:00 PM
Filtering works
Scammers usually make use of bots that automatically send such fake emails on a daily basis. They will not stop regardless of how much counter measures have been put in place. However, we can always take advantage of email filters to better protect ourselves. Thankfully for my personal email, I have not encountered spam emails being channelled to my main inbox of late.
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