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Getting rid of AOL

1110 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2011 3:04 PM by seventy one RSS
seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,570 points)
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Aug 24, 2011 2:38 AM

I have started receiving junk mail from AOL sources.   I know of no-one with an AOL address and from what I am receiving, probably wouldn't want to.  As AOL have shown no willingness to tackle this matter, I would like to exclude AOL entirely from my mail box.  

 

Question is, is it possible to block / reject a service like AOL in its entirity?

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 3:36 AM (in response to seventy one)

    Create a spam filter.  It looks like apple's Mail calls them "rules" (I don't use apple's Mail app but I'm looking at it to reply to your post).  Look in Mail's preferences, the Rules button. 

     

    Looking at the example rules I see in Mail ("News from Apple") I suppose you would create a rule that says if  any From field conains "@aol.com" (is that the domain you are seeing, if not replace as appropriate) then move the message to some mail box (one you might use for spam) or just delete it.

  • chrisfromhopewell Level 4 Level 4 (1,085 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 9:58 AM (in response to seventy one)

    You could probably create a random gmail or some other account then bounce the junk emails to that account nad and not even worry about it.

     

    Typos removed by: chrisfromhopewell

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:06 AM (in response to seventy one)
    But the more I think about it, the more it comes to mind that any kind of rejection other than via the junk folder tells the sender, the address is active. 

    Of course.  You never want to respond to spam giving any possibility of indicating a valid email address.

     

    As for gmail, I keep "anonymous" gmail account(s) if I need to use a email to register or sign up for something where I don't want any connection back to me.  Better yet, if the sign-up porocess allows it, use a throw-away mail address like mailinator.com.

  • BGreg Level 6 Level 6 (17,500 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 12:46 PM (in response to seventy one)

    seventy one wrote:

     

    But the more I think about it, the more it comes to mind that any kind of rejection other than via the junk folder tells the sender, the address is active.  

    If you have the skill, or perhaps someone else has done this, you could create an Applescript, that would effectively return to sender (although that too may acknowledge a valid address).  Lacking that, while sending AOL mail to the trash does tell a bot or person that the address is active, you'll never see it, and won't have to worry about it.

  • Camelot Level 8 Level 8 (45,680 points)
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    Aug 24, 2011 12:55 PM (in response to seventy one)
    But the more I think about it, the more it comes to mind that any kind of rejection other than via the junk folder tells the sender, the address is active. 

     

    So don't reject it.

     

    There are hundreds of companies that spend millions a year on fighting spam, you're not going to solve it on your own - just delete it and move on.

     

    If you control your mail server then you can block it at the server level, so it never gets into your mail client, but if you don't have that level of control then the best you can do is ignore it.

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