I briefly shared the following with some friends who have become inundated with some recent increases in spammed email messages.  Strategically, it is better to ignore and delete these incoming messages than to attempt to fight the spammers directly.  This is shared below.

When it comes to SPAM email, that’s basically just a fact of life these days, that cannot be stopped unless one changes their email account name periodically (and that is too much trouble). 

The more one limits sharing email addresses publicly, it helps decrease the potential for attacks.  For example, when you signup for a contest or publicly list it spammers can put you on their list. Watch carefully how you give out your email address, and safeguard it just like you watch how you hand out your social security #

What often happens is if someone gets infected with virus, an ENTIRE address book of contacts is accessed & emailed to spammers as an “active & clean” email address to use in future.  In the DARK WEB, these lists are purchased at a bulk rate.  The bad guys can also SPOOF email addresses, so it looks like it comes from a friend or legitimate contact also.

YAHOO, GMAIL, HOTMAIL, and usually corporate business email all have great spam & AV filters.  Usually, the SPAM quarantine folder will only have 1 or 2 possible legitimate items.  It is always important to recognize spam filters won’t catch all spammed items in inbox.  When unwanted messages are found in the regular inbox — please delete them without opening

You are usually safe on spam as long as you never click on links (including to OPT OUT), and never click on an attachment.  Most MALWARE attacks need a “permission click” to install the bad stuff, and one mistake can cost you hours of time and even a potential loss of data.  It is important to always “think before you click”.

Never click on a link to OPT OUT or send any “get lost” type emails back to spammer.  That lets them actually they know they have got a good email otherwise.  If the bad guys never hear from you, you’ll sometimes have a much better chance of being DROPPED from their lists.

Finally, it is better to err on the side of caution and be over-zealous in deleting or not opening email messages that are out of character or unexpected.  There are no “free lunches” out there and it is more appropriate to think of spam email more like telemarketing phone calls (where one must be extra careful)