I’ve had the same – very public – email address, since roughly the dawn of time (well, since @ signs started being used for routing instead of !bang!paths). Unfiltered, I’d get an average of 50-70K pieces of junk mail, every 24 hours.
I guess I could just change my email address, and I have a few that are less-published, but at the end of the day, I’m just at: f**k 'em, I’m not gonna move email because hordes of idiots send spam.
“Tracking” the origins of spam, or complaining about it, is ultimately kinda pointless. It accomplishes nothing except wasting hours of your time and putting you in a bad mood. It’s not like anybody is ever gonna find anything, 'cept zombie Windoze boxes, or some botnet in Korea or China.
We have a load-balanced firewall of OpenBSD servers that do nothing but deflect or destroy 99% of all the crap aimed at our domains. It utilizes white-listing, black-listing, grey-listing, tarpitting, everything + the kitchen sync. It works really well. I get maybe 5-10 pieces of junk mail a day, which Mail.app’s mail filter deals with.
On a really bad day, I see perhaps 1 piece of spam.
A very cheap, do-it-yourself method of cleaning up your email, without controlling your own domain or servers, is: just run everything through gmail. While Google can and will, save every bit of information it possibly can about you, if you don’t care about that aspect, they do a surprisingly good job of killing probably 98% of all spam, while letting the material you want get through. Google requires: no knowledge on your part, no complex-interlocking open source *nix software to compile + configure, no hardware, no … nothing actually, except giving away all the information contained within your email to Google in perpetuity, because they love you, lots and lots, forever n’ ever.
Patrick / email@example.com
<-- feel free to scrape and add to another 10,000 spam lists. It’s not like I’m ever gonna see it .