Today I got curious about where all the spam was going that I thought I should be getting, so I looked around on the mail server.  At MIT, the default spam screening program sends messages it flags as spam to the SPAMSCREEN folder, so I looked in there.  I had 24,692 messages!!!  That’s right, almost 25,000 messages.  Needless to say, I didn’t go through them individually.  However, I did search for certain keywords to see what type of spam I was getting.  I got more than 1,700 messages that began with “re:” or some variant thereof.  I got hundreds of messages advertising online pharmacies and their wares.  I got plenty of mortgage and bank-related messages.  I also got 31 messages from the future, some as far away as 2090.  Finally, I got probably about 50 messages from December 31st, 1969 and a few from the 1970’s.  Interesting.

2 Responses to “Yikes”

  1. 1 Rob
    August 4, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    My dad and I had a conversation about the cmu spam filter a couple days ago. We were discussing what it picks up and what it lets through, if there seemed to be any patern.

    Later in our conversation, he invited me to join him and some other family members down at Clayton (the Frick estate) for dinner and a concert Friday night. I told him I’d get back to him. I emailed him my regrets the next afternoon.

    He replied to acknowledge that he got the mail and to express that he was surprised that the spam filter hadn’t gotten rid of my email due to the subject line…

    Subject: Frick Tonight

  2. 2 Colin
    August 6, 2007 at 10:09 pm


    Maybe you should try sending him something like:
    Re: mortgages, stocks, online pharmacy, and v1agra @ Frick tonight!

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