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If spam has increased in your Gmail account.. it's just a fact of life. The question is whether or not Gmail's spam filter is catching it.
Why am I receiving a major increase in the number of spam messages in my Gmail account? They've increased from about 1 a week to about 4 a day beginning in mid-December of 2012. Where should I begin to check to resolve this problem?
In this excerpt from Answercast #95 I look at a case where spam has increased in a Gmail account.
Well, first of all, let me tell you that if you're only getting four a day, you should consider yourself very, very lucky. I get hundreds of spam messages a day, and Gmail does correctly and properly filter them to the spam folder.
If you're saying that the spam messages are making it to your inbox, that's an easy one for you to take control of.
When you find a spam message in your inbox, mark it as spam. What you're doing by marking it as spam is you're helping Gmail (or any other email services) to learn what it is and is not spam.
It won't take effect immediately.
They're not going to magically be able to tell that everything that "looks like this" is spam. You may have to tell it a few times as you get more of these kinds of messages. But the more you get, the more you mark as spam, the better the Gmail spam filter will get and the fewer of them you'll actually find in your inbox. They'll get routed automatically to your spam folder where they'll get deleted after 30 days.
So, if it's just your inbox that you're complaining about, then absolutely just mark it as spam and things will get better over time.
If it's your spam folder that you're talking about... in other words, the fact that you're even getting spam there is something that concerns you - trust me, four is nothing. Four messages a day is nothing - especially if it's already being filtered into the spam folder.
That is a very low amount of spam and you should consider yourself very lucky. If it's getting automatically filtered into your spam folder, there's nothing more you need to do. Gmail has already identified it as spam and is taking the appropriate steps by putting it there.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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