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Using Mail’s Junk E-Mail Utilities – Get Rid of Spam (Part III of III)

written by: Joli Ballew•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 8/5/2008

You can use Apple Mail to protect you from Spam; learn the options in Part III of this three-part series.

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    Using Bounce Sender

    When spammers send you messages, they’re trying to do two things: First, they may want to sell you something, but more likely they’re just harvesting e-mail addresses that they can then re-sell to other spammers. I assume you won’t actually buy anything from spammers (at least I hope not), and I assume you won’t click on any links in the e-mail. As for reaching a valid e-mail account, well, there hasn’t been much you could do about that in the past, until now. In this section, I’ll show you how to use the nifty little Bounce To Sender command to irritate spammers and send them messages back that makes it seem as if your account is not valid.

    Tip: Want to get rid of an acquaintance? Use Bounce To Sender every time they send an e-mail and they’ll think your address is no longer valid!

    To use the Bounce To Sender command to send a message back to the sender, coded as though it has reached a non-working address, do the following:

    1. Select the e-mail to bounce.

    2. Control + click it and select Bounce.

    3. Click OK to verify you want to proceed. Here’s what the response will look like to a user on the other end. [See Image 1]

    The only problem with the Junk Mail filter is that the sender’s e-mail address for return mail has to be valid. For spammers, this is not usually the case. This procedure will not help if the spammer’s e-mail return address is not valid.

    Take a look at the other two articles in this series:

    Creating Rules

    Using the Junk E-Mail Filter

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