It's even worse when it comes to consumers, according to the study from the Radicati Group, a messaging and consulting firm based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Mirapoint, a messaging specialist based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Forty-two percent of consumers say they have clicked on a link in a spam message, potentially downloading viruses, spyware or Trojan horses. At the least, clicking on the link lets spammers know that they have hit upon a working email account, which will keep the spam coming fast and furious.
And the numbers, according to Radicati and Mirapoint analysts, show that to be true.
Talking to users who have clicked on links in spam email, 57 percent of them say they receive more spam now than they did five months ago.
Logging into the bad email behavior category goes those users who actually buy into spam's sales pitch.
The study, which surveyed 791 users in March and April of this year, shows that 13 percent of corporate users and 11 percent of consumers say they have bought products and services advertised in spam.
Here are some other interesting notes from the study: