Gmail’s spam filtering is pretty darn good, but it does grab the occasional
false-positive. That can be a drag, especially if you have thousands of emails
in your spam folder.
Here is a simple trick that should help you narrow down the field within your
spam folder by filtering it for terms spammers don’t generally use.
The search show below has two parts: The first [in:spam] narrows your gmail
search to just messages in your spam folder. The second part [ed] is a keyword
search of messages within that folder.?
In my case, I found that searching by first name filtered my spam folder from
8000+ messages down to around 80, and of those 80 around 8 were legitimate
messages. However, none of them were critical messages – they were simply things
like reminders that my Geni.com family tree was growing.
Finding the right keyword can be tricky. And the first name trick may not work
if you have a firstname.lastname@example.org email format.
Others searches worth trying are common user names you use.