Have you been getting more Chinese spam emails lately? Because I sure have!
There’s nothing worse than getting loads of email spam, until you star receiving spam you can’t even read.
Seems pretty dumb actually. I mean doesn’t the sender realize that I can NOT read Chinese?
One thing you need to understand about email spam is that in order for a spammer to be productive, they need to some how automate the spamming process. (meaning they need to use tools in order to find your address and then send you an email).
To do all of this by hand would take far too much time and effort. So scripts and tools are used instead.
The problem with many of these tools is that they are a sort of “catch-all” in that they just look for a keyword on your website and then an email address or contact form, then shoot you the email regardless of whether or not it is in your best interest.
Take my buddy for example. He has a website selling e-cigs. He has a lot of articles with topics like “top rated e-cigs” or review type stuff.
His site is obviously very specific, and because most manufacturers of e-cig products are in China, lately he’s been receiving a ton of Chinese spam emails. One he can’t even read.
So it’s pretty obvious the manufactures are using automated tools to send the emails rather than looking for legit websites, then contacting them with their products or offers directly.
But even if you don’t have a website, you may still end up with foreign spam emails.
That’s because someone somewhere has sold your email as someone who is interested in “so and so”.
Meaning, maybe you signed up to a health newsletter. You “think” you’re going to get a news letter telling you all the latest news about health.
Instead, the person that collected your email is selling your email as a “lead” to another company that is most likely going to try to get you to buy something.
But that something will be “health” related.
And so now you’re receiving spam.
And just because you don’t speak the language, it doesn’t matter. The spammer simply sends out whatever they are selling to their list or database of emails. They have no idea what language you speak.
They only know you were interested in “health” topics or issues. So they hit send. And you get spammed!
So what can you do about all of this?
For one, never sign up to an email list unless it’s from a reputable company.
Next, you can usually set spam detection on your emails. Maybe have your email service automatically send any email with the word “free” or “warning” to automatically go to your spam folder.
Or in Hotmail there is an option to mark an email as spam. Do this!
It will help them flag and reject similar spam from those IP addresses.
What about you? Have you noticed an increase in Chinese or foreign spam recently?