If you get an email from anyone from the server 'sexy-email-online.com' it is probably less than legit. Who in their right mind would take the advice of a person who has an email with that type of domain name?
For me in Yahoo it is real simple. I scanned the Bulk mail folder to make sure that nothing legit was in it, I then clicked 'Empty'. However, the economics of bulk email is such that all they need is one or two people per 1,000 to make a profit.
Where did they get my Yahoo id? It is real simple. I routinely post in the SCOX forum and it is a simple matter to use a PERL script to harvest the messages and email ids. I know for a fact that this is possible as I have a script that I use to capture & archive my own forum messages. It takes me about 15 minutes to run. Am I worried that I get a lot of spam? No,
- The Yahoo id is a 'throw-away', if it gets too bad I will delete it and create another.
- Yahoo has a fairly good spam filter and obvious spam gets moved into the bulk folder.
- I use the yahoo id for registration cards. If the marketers use it for their spam my own personal email id won't get hit.
- I protect who gets my real email id so the spam in minimal there.