Cons cooking up new, improved versions of spam

As spam filters have evolved and become more effective, scammers have found ways to work around them.

You don’t, for example, see many messages from Nigerian princes any longer. That’s because modern spam filters are blocking more than 99 percent of junk messages, according to Bloomberg. (Still, unsolicited junk mail accounts for 86 percent of the world’s e-mail traffic, with about 400 billion spam messages sent a day, according to Talos, a digital research division of Cisco Systems.)