Originally Posted by Lindsey_Mcfarren
I have forwarded contact information they have sent me to the CIA office that deals with this topic.
Except they don't deal with these type of things. CIA isn't law enforcement. Not to mention most of these scams cross jurisdictions.. making it very tough to investigate.
Back to your issue - JBrown has it right.. the more you respond, the more spam you will get. Aside from the 419 scams, most spam messages are automated trying to get you to click on a link or what not.... and some are simply trying to validate your address... so by responding, you only confirm that you are in fact a "live" address. Which is then added to the list and sold to other spammers.
Also the more you give out your address (i.e. to onine shopping sites, listservs, groups etc), the more exposed it gets. Many of those places sell your info. The best way to "minimize" spam is to have secondary accounts.... and this is a good way to see for yourself. i.e. I have multiple gmail accounts... and the ones I use for registrations to generic sites are the ones that have the most spam. The two that I use for personal communication have very little....(but they're still there)... and google actually has pretty good spam filter (best in my opinion among the free web based services).
Finally, for sites that want you to register for something you will only need once... try sites like bugmenot.com ... they provide bogus accounts for those occaisions.