He estimated the number of spammers around the world to number under a thousand with many buying CDs containing millions of email addresses which they use to ply their trade.
"You find some people who deny it's spam and tell you they bought the e-mail addresses and you have to explain to them that the recipients never agreed to receive it," Schneider added.
Funny how the amount of spam in my inbox increases everyday :S In India, one of the chief culprits is a company known as "Ikon Marketing". They sell everything from Recipe CDs to CDs containing the above-mentioned millions of email addresses :/ To add agony to your agony, they add a small disclaimer to (some of) their emails:
Since India has no anti-spamming law, we follow the US Unsolicited Electronic Mail Act of 2000, which states that mail cannot be considered Spam if it contains contact / removal information, which this mail does. If you want to be removed from the mailing list then you must reply to this mail with "Remove" in the subject line and e-mail for faster response and action.
India's IT act doesn't address spam as of yet.