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Until today I have been reviewing my gmail spam folder each day or so, and marking all new spam as read when I've reviewed it. Most of the time that works ok, but I've noticed that there are times when I get spam with a presumably deliberately wrong date - maybe a few years ago.
That's quite clever of them really, in a way, because ...
As I find them..
Gmail: I've seen 20-30 good emails caught in spam, so check it often while you train it. Since I don't want to check the same message twice, I mark the spam as read whenever I check it.
Then, to check just the unread spam you can search for in:spam is:unread. Here's a list of other neat search terms.
..and I'm now paying for it big time.
I'm not the only one either - when I bought shawthing.com and started using that as my email address I decided to be smart and use the "nobody" (catch-all) address rather than setup lots of different accounts.
And then I used pretend email addresses that matched the site I was signing up ...