The wasted time, money and resources caused by SPAM are growing exponentially. However, being the eternal optimist, I believe something can be done to ELIMINATE SPAM by using the Spam Report method.
Visit the SPAM COP site to learn more about what you can do. When we all join in a grass-roots effort to eliminate the damage and nuisance of spam, we will be helping to make the Internet a better place.
Additionally, an organization dedicated to bringing forth industry standards and pressure for the control of spam can be found at BestPrac.org . Please join the bandwagon in an effort to stop SPAM at the source.
Other good spots for SpamFighters include EmailAbuse.org and Abuse.Net
A good desktop-based email filter, with definable rules, is Spamweasel by Mailgate.com
Website101 has great information on SPAM and what to do about it.
SPAM IS A PAIN IN THE ASS!
SPAM has unquestionably become the biggest pain in the ass to any legitimate email user. The time and effort (and questionable value and results) of using passive measures to combat SPAM can be overwhelming. But hang in there .... there are ways to at least lessen the load.