Today theire have been some changes to gmail. One of note is that they now display the number of unread spam emails there are. I never really look in the spam mail folder, so all the messages in it are unread. Google deletes messages it’s marked as spam when they are thirty days old; thus the number of unread messages is pretty much the number of spam emails I recieve each month.
Over the last month I’ve received 769 spam emails. That’s a hell of a lot. I didn’t realise I got quite so many! No wonder there’s lots of clever people working to try to combat this problem, cross your fingers for some break throughs asap!