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  •  I work with spam for a living (10+ / 0-)

    not on the sending side, but on the fighting side, just to be clear.

    There's more than one way for a spammer to get your address.  One way is called a "directory harvest attack" -- it's essentially a brute force dictionary attack to find valid usernames in a given domain.  e.g. the spammer will send to al@domain.com, bill@domain.com, bob@domain.com, etc. and see which ones are accepted and which ones bounce back.  It's possible to get spam on an address that has never been used for anything by this method.

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