At least 3.4 billion fake emails are sent around the world every day — with most industries remaining vulnerable to spear-phishing and “spoofing” cyberattacks simply because they’re not implementing industry-standard authentication protocols, according to Valimail’s Spring 2019 Email Fraud Landscape.

It’s not all bad news, however. Ongoing research also indicates that many industries are making progress in the fight against impersonation, some more quickly than others.

Important findings during Q1 2019 include:

  • 1.2 percent of all email is suspicious and likely fake.
  • Nearly 80 percent of all inboxes worldwide — 5.34 billion in all — do DMARC checks on inbound email.
  • Almost 740,000 domains now are using DMARC. But success rates with DMARC remain close to 20 percent in most categories.
  • Vendors that offer DMARC solutions have widely varying rates of success — and the time required to get to enforcement also varies widely.

Global Sources of Fake Email: 

Country Suspicious Email Count Percentage
United States 38,278,235 0.2
Germany 15,549,633 76.8
Vietnam 11,763,184 99.8
Russia 11,013,184 93.0
United Kingdom 10,856,172 66.8
China 5,807,768 98.8
France 5,607,213 54.0
Netherlands 5,207,620 23.4