A study has found that the UK is a ripe, juicy target for dodgy organisations offering pre-approved loans and credit cards.

And UK users remain the second most likely targets for, you know, rude stuff, and those timeless Nigerian scammers. Naturally our friends in the US are the fattest target, however.

McAfee asked 50 volunteers in 10 countries to surf the web unprotected for 30 days. It wasn't just being mean, McAfee wanted to see just how much spam would appear, and what flavour of spam it would be.

The spam hoovers collectively received more than 104,000 spam emails. That's around 70 a day for a whopping 2,096 each.

The spam honeypots each received an unprotected laptop, brand new email address and a credit card allowance of £250. When the punters received spam they were asked to follow it up using McAfee's credit card, and £250 will buy you a lot of white label viagra.

According to the Press Association, the fourth highest spam attractor of all was one Simon Nicholls, a software developer from Brighton. He got a mighty 5,414 spams in 30 days, but just missed out on the bronze.

Indeed, the five UK participants received the fifth highest number of emails, 11,965 in total and 1,149 in the first week alone.

According to McAfee, the study showed that spammers now use more local languages and cultural nuances, and choose their targets more carefully, in a bid to avoid detection. McAfee said that pretty much all of the spam was financially motivated, and a large chunk of it was phishing.

The first spam email was sent by a Californian electronics firm 30 years ago.

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