Sean at WiredAtom says that he has reduced his daily spam quota from 30 to 40 emails a day to just 10.
He’s done this by using Mail.app’s “Bounce” feature.
Apple Mail allows you to bounce (“Bounce” in the Message menu; Shift-Command-B) a message you don’t want back to the sender, who gets a delivery failure message including the following:
The sender then removes you from their mailing list and the unwanted messages stop. That’s the theory. And Sean says that it has worked for him.
- Spammers often use false reply-to address, which means that your bounce will be bounced back to you.
- Or they will use someone else’s real address, so that a real user gets a “bounce” message for a spam email they never sent. Some people take this badly.
- The whole theory relies on the assumption that spammers care enough about the efficiency of their operation to remove dud email addresses. Maybe they don’t.
To bounce or not to bounce? Apple’s own tech note on bouncing draws a distinction between bouncing messages from commercial mass mailings (useful) and bouncing spam (not so useful). Maybe it’s not a simple “yes” or “no” answer.
One thing’s for sure. As long as one in five U.S. residents buy products from spam advertisers, spam will continue to be a problem.
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