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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,,, 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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