Hearing from a lot of new friends lately? You know, the ones who write "It's me, Esmeralda," and tip you off to an obscure stock that is "poised to explode" or a great deal on prescription drugs.
You're not the only one. Spam is back -- in e-mail in-boxes and on everyone's minds. In the past six months, the problem has gotten measurably worse.
Worldwide, spam volumes have doubled from last year, according to Ironport, a spam-filtering firm, and unsolicited junk mail now accounts for more than nine out of every 10 e-mails sent over the Internet.
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