Scams are evolving as we move further into the technological era and the need for quality cyber protection is at an all-time high.

Even emotionally charged and critical events like the covid19 pandemic are being exploited for fraudulent gains.

So, where do scams and spam messaging stand in 2023?

Well, a study found that

close to 85% of all emails are spam.

It's easy to assume that something malicious is unlikely to happen to you or someone you know, however,

$70,000 was lost to Nigerian Prince scams in 2019 (and that's only people who've actually admitted it).

We've put together a list 📃 of the top spam statistics that everyone needs to be aware of in 2023 and beyond.

  • Top Spam Statistics 🥸
  • Spam Volume Statistics 💹
  • Email Spam Statistics  📩
  • Mobile Spam Statistics 📲
  • Spam Statistics By Region 🗺️
  • Most Common Spams 💁‍♀️
  • Conclusion: Are Spam Messages Increasing? 🙆‍♀️
  • Top Spam Statistics 🥸

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    Did you know?
    Spam is derived from canned pork meat with the same name.

    Here are the top spam statistics that will definitely pique your interest:

    • During the second quarter of 2022, social media giant Facebook (now Meta) effectively removed 734 million pieces of spam from their platform. 1
    • Every 11 seconds, a small business is attacked by a phishing scam or hacker. 5

    Phishing is a type of spam carried out by an individual attempting to draw out sensitive information from victims.

    • 67.5% of corporate employees fall prey to phishing emails and lose valuable information. 4
    • It's estimated that cybercriminals will extort over 33 million records within 2023 alone. 4
    • 64% of all companies have suffered a cyberattack at least once. 4

    There are close to 30 attempts to hack corporate social networking accounts per year per institution. That equates to three per month. 4

    • The FBI has received over 2.2 million complaints related to internet crime and cyber attacks in the last five years. 5
    • A study showed that only 3% of company folders are secure. 6
    • 64% of Americans have never actually checked to see if they were affected by a data breach. 7
    • 15.8% of all emails have been caught by popular spam filters. 8
    • Social Security numbers are sold on the dark web for $1, while credit cards and passports range between $100 and $2000. 5
    • The Marriott hotel chain was hacked in 2020, resulting in a personal data leak of more than 5.2 million guests. 5
    • The antivirus software market is currently worth $3.6 billion. 10
    • 14% of online fundraising emails from NGOs end up in spam folders. 10
    • The top five countries with the most outgoing spam have remained the same for a few years. 10
    • In 2000, Argentina was the first country to implement an anti-spam law. Now the U.S. has the CAN-SPAM Act. 10
    • The increase in spam emails and subsequent financial losses in the U.S. saw the formation of the RAT in 2018. 10

    The service acts as a mediator between the FBI and financial institutions to recover the lost funds of scam victims.

    • LinkedIn automation eliminates 98.3% of fake accounts and spam content before other members can see it. 10
    • In 2018, Twitter successfully suspended over 70 million spam accounts. 10
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    The U.S. takes the number one spot for the global share of spam attacks, with email messages being the most prevalent source of spam.

    Spam Volume Statistics 💹

    Daily spam messages have been on the increase across the globe, just take a look at these stats. 👇

    • The country with the most spam emails is the U.S. 1
    • Global daily spam volume reached its highest point in July 2021. 1
    • 283 billion spam emails were detected from a total of 336.41 billion sent emails in 2021. 1
    • Since 2017, the number of phishing websites has risen by 130.5%. 5

    By 2025, hackers are expected to have caused more than $10.5 trillion in financial loss. 5

    • There has been a 17% increase from 2020 to 2021 in cybersecurity employees across the globe. 1
    • In June 2021 alone there were 5.9 billion spam calls reported. 9
    • User complaints about spam texts increased by 146% in 2021. 9
    • Reported growth in spam robocalls and text produced an estimated $29.8 billion loss in 2021. 9
    • Advertising and marketing-related spam are the most prevalent spam type. They account for 36% of all spam emails.  2
    • Most spam emails include a dangerous attachment. 10
    • The number of websites that phish has risen by 130.5% over the past three years. 6

    Spain was the most attacked country in 2020 with a dismal 7.76% of registered antivirus activation. 1

    • Germany was the next most targeted country with 7.05% antivirus activation, followed by Russia with 5.87% activation. 1
    • For the U.S., the total for 2020 reported spam cases caused more than $4.1 billion in losses. 10

    Email Spam Statistics  📩

    Users send 306.4 billion emails daily.
    • For every 12,500,000 emails sent, spammers receive one reply. 3
    • Spam email sites generate around $7,000 per day for senders. 3
    • Email is responsible for close to 94% of all malware. 4
    • 1 out of every 4,200 emails sent in 2020 were phishing scams. 5
    • 30% of people unintentionally open a phishing scam email. 5

    12% of those recipients who accidentally open a phishing email will click the link inside. 5

    • Emails that have no subject are often referred to as spam. 4
    • 70% of spammers never write any subject in the mail. 4
    • In the U.S., around 23% of companies report more than 500 suspicious emails every week. 4
    • Gmail servers have blocked around 100 million phishing emails with their advanced filters. 4
    • More than 75% of all targeted cyberattacks begin with a single email. 6
    • The top malicious email attachment types are .doc and .dot which make up 37% of spam emails. 7

    The second highest spam attachment format is .exe, making up 19.5% of emails. 7

    • Spam text complaints increased by 146% in 2020 as a result of covid-19. 9
    • 14% of online fundraising emails end up in spam folders. 10

    Mobile Spam Statistics 📲

    Are scam calls and scam text messages still prevalent in 2023?

    • Approximately 70% of internet fraud is achieved via mobile devices. 6
    • 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked from app stores each day. 6
    • Some studies found that Android phones are actually riskier than iOS devices because of the variety of operating system versions used by Android phone manufacturers. 9
    • Popular mobile social media app, Instagram found that bots comprise 15% of all users. 10

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    There were 150 million spam accounts on Instagram in 2019. 10

    • 1 in 36 smartphones was equipped with high-risk applications in 2018. 4
    • In 2020, 56 million people in the U.S. fell for a phone scam and lost money. 10
    • 44% of U.S. citizens received spam COVID-19 calls or messages in the past few years. 10
    • In 2019, the average number of spam calls per user was 18.2 per month. 11
    • The U.S. jumped from 8th place in 2019 to 2nd in 2020 on the list of countries affected by spam calls. 11

    Spam Statistics By Region 🗺️

    Here's a short list of live spams that is currently active in the following countries 4

    • China - 14,292
    • United States of America - 7,806
    • France - 862
    • Turkey - 793
    • Saudi Arabia - 792
    • Mexico - 760
    • Dominican Republic - 679
    • Russian Federation - 677
    • India - 644
    • Germany - 597

    Most Common Spams 💁‍♀️

    Phishing attempts and spam issues can look different to different people. That's because there are over 15 common types of spam. Some of these include:

    • Lottery scams
    • Nigerian Prince scams
    • Credit card scams
    • Literary scams
    • Poetry scams
    • Jury duty scams
    • Chain letters and email scams
    • IRS email scams
    • Vector Marketing Scams
    • Paypal Scam
    • Missing Person Scam
    • Envelope Stuffing
    • Work From Home Scams
    • Work At Home scams
    • Free Vacation Scam

    These common spam emails and phishing lures have a detrimental effect on email users.

    • 38 to 48% of victims find out about identity theft within 3 months of it happening to them. 2
    • Victims spend between three and 5000 hours repairing damage done by identity theft. 2
    • 40% of business costs for individual cases of identity theft exceed $15,000. 2
    • 66% of victims' personal information is used to open a new credit card account. 2
    • 46% of U.S. adults admit they wouldn’t know what to do if their identity was stolen. 6

    Conclusion: Are Spam Messages Increasing? 🙆‍♀️

    According to current internet spam statistics, spam rates increased dramatically over the 2020/2021 period due to the hysteria created by the covid-19 pandemic.

    Money scams and phishing campaigns have become a costly issue for victims, businesses, and even NGOs who end up in spam folders despite not being malicious.

    The volume of spam has been steadily increasing with the majority of spam from the past five years coming out of the Russian Federation.

    This huge increase in unwanted calls, phishing links in emails, and spam text messages has resulted in more jobs for cybersecurity agents and a growth in revenue for detection systems.

    Let's hope that anti-phishing systems and new malware warnings from tech companies can reduce the cost of spam on global economies.

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    In the U.S., you can report a spam SMS by forwarding it to the number that spells SPAM (7726).

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