Over recent years online criminal activity has become increasingly sophisticated. Virus writers have moved out of their bedrooms and joined hardcore criminal gangs, hackers have moved on from defacements (largely) and onto exploiting legitimate sites from which to lure their victims. But some things haven’t changed much and thats the dark corners of the net, so-called bad neighbourhoods.
Spam is not going to go away any time soon. What you will see is better and better ways to defend against it. And in the meantime, because there is a security factor to it, you should avoid clicking on all spam at anytime. You never know which one is going to be safe and which one is going to be dangerous.
You have to remember that when you are online the rules are a little bit different than when you are in real life. And you must be willing to adjust accordingly. A chain mail that goes through your email is not the same as a chain mail that is sent to you through normal mail. With the wrong click of a link someone could wipe out your checking account completely.