10 most common spam emails offices receive

23 Jun 2015

If you work in an office, you may have come across spam emails with the subject line: “These 4 Things Happen Right Before A Heart Attack” and, according to a new survey, this is certainly one of the most common.

Spam emails are now so common among email accounts and filters so strong in many cases, that its appearance in our inboxes is now arguably seen as a nuisance rather than anything to fear.

According to Cisco’s daily monitoring of spam email, on 22 June there were 170bn spam emails sent worldwide on that day alone, which was actually less than 17 June, when 285bn were sent in a single day.

But while many of them are ignored nowadays, an email-filtering service has taken the decision to compile a top 10 list of the most common spam emails we receive every day, and some of them make you question whether their senders are really trying anymore.

According to Mailprotector’s survey, “Hi!” is the most common spam email sent to people based off research conducted throughout May 2015, followed in second place by “Hello!”.

Other entries into the list range from the obvious – “1 Tip To A Tiny Belly” – to the mundane – “Low-Cost Ink Cartridges”.

  1. Hi!
  2. Hello!
  3. These 4 Things Happen Right Before A Heart Attack
  4. How Safe is Your Area? Find Sex Offenders Near You
  5. Why You Have Joint Pain
  6. Locks in Freshness
  7. Big Bills and No Way to Pay Them?
  8. Glasses Sale — Sign Up For 50% Off Your First Pair!
  9. 1 Tip To A Tiny Belly
  10. 10. Low-Cost Ink Cartridges

According to Mailprotector, the simple fact that we love reading and checking spam emails – even though they are more likely than not opening them – is costing companies as much as €50,000 (£34,000) per year.

”I think it surprises us that spam is still such big business and still has such an impact on our daily working – and personal – lives,” said Scott Tyson, Sales Director EMEA, Mailprotector. ”Many companies have email filtering or spam solutions that help capture the majority of it, but for those that don’t, it’s annoying, frustrating and can be downright offensive if the spam is of a sexual or harmful nature.”

Spam in a can image via Shutterstock

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic