One of the unfortunate problems with having an e-mail account is the proliferation of junk mail, a.k.a. "spam". Some e-mail addresses will be more prone to Spam than others, however, at some point, almost all of us will be victims.
There are many ways that your email address can be obtained. Spammers often employ specialized programs to either gather addresses from mailing list, web sites, newsgroups, or randomly generate them.
One tactic spammers use to confirm a valid email account is to have the victim respond to a message with a removal request. Submitting a removal request in response to such a message so is a bad idea since your response, if it goes back to the spammer rather than some innocent bystander, merely confirms that your e-mail address is valid. The attacks will usually increase in volume and intensity since your address has been confirmed and possibly sold to other spammers as part of various mailing lists. The best way to deal with these messages is to ignore and delete them.
We are often asked if there is anything we can do to cut down on spam, such as blocking senders or domains. This would be an easy solution, and would almost certainly eliminate incoming mail from the source in question. But, that is not feasible for a variety of reasons including the blockage of e-mail from legitimate senders who happen to share the same mail server with the spammer.
As the end user, you have several options at your disposal which will enable you to remedy, somewhat, the Spam issue:
We stay abreast of the latest anti-spam tactics, that will enable us to provide the best possible service for our clients. If you have any comments, complaints, or questions, feel free to email: firstname.lastname@example.org