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Well there are a few job sites that want you to pay for the privilege. Interestingly, I never paid for the ladder but I checked my inbox on tech listings and I got the same spam from "free sites" for jobs that were being advertised on the ladder. Why pay if you get the same garbage elsewhere for free. Now if it wasn't garbage ...
Surprised, no. Furious, yes. Being "free" (actually not free, you pay by allowing them to serve you ads) is no excuse for betraying their users and selling their email addresses (and more) to spammers.
I was a career contractor for the better part of 20 years, and have used those sites for the most part There's no getting around this. Agencies don't go directly to those sites. They have mining tools that usually go so far as to write the introductory emails for them.
My suggestion is to create a 'job search' email account, hold your nose, and just barrel ahead.
IT recruiters are people who failed the ethics exam to be used car salesmen and the intelligence test to be toll takers.
When you find one that's an exception (they do actually exist) hold on with both hands.