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2) Spammers, if they can be identified, can be sued. This is fairly rare, as it is difficult to prove actual damage, but you can sue them and win. And if you are an ISP or host, you can definitely get them to dig into their pockets for resources they wasted.
3) If a spammer annoys wrong person, he could find himself harassed. For example, people have been known to send back email bombs, perform denial of service attacks or simply get phone lines canceled.
4) If a spammer gets his domain added to any of various "black holes", then he may find that he cannot send email at all.
5) Depending upon how vile material, law can come down upon a spammer. This is especially true with scams and pornography of most degraded kind.
6) Most spammers do not realize there is always a way to find out where email came from. It does not matter how well they attempt to cover their tracks - they do need to make it possible to order something and thus they can be tracked - even if it means physically visiting their business with a search warrant.
I hope that helps clarify what happens to spammer in short or long run. Spam does cause damage, and spammers, especially largest and worst offenders, should be prosecuted to fullest extent of law.
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