9 Replies Latest reply: Mar 8, 2015 4:06 PM by AxeBox360
maureen63 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Other than bouncing back to sender, or changing my email address, putting them in junk mail or a file, how do I block my abusive ex from sending me unwanted emails?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Need to block abusive exhusband.
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,070 points)

    See this discussion...

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20626326#20626326

     

    From the  More Like This  section on the right.

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)

    In some contexts and with some senders, you can block these sorts of mail communications through judicial means.   Discussions of legal options and alternatives vary by jurisdiction, and are likely beyond the scope of this forum; please seek formal legal advice for that.

     

    In general, you can use server-side mail rules to delete (and generally not block, nor bounce) messages, though whether you (or even potentially the provider) can access the mail server varies by provider, and mail server.    Check with your mail ISP for details here.  Some providers have this capability.  Some do not.

     

    And locally, you can use mail rules within Mail.app or similar mechanisms in various other clients to delete messages from specific senders.  Not all clients have this capability.  If your mail client lacks rules — such as the iOS mail client — you can potentially have a computer system — a desktop that can remain powered on at all times — then that system can generally be configured to recieve and delete these mail messages on behalf of the script-less clients. 

     

    Changing the email address or having your mail hosted somewhere with access to the mail server are also options, though more disruptive.

     

    I would strongly discourage bouncing the messages in general, and particularly in this context.  Just delete them.  Move on.  Don't (further) engage.  In any case, seek formal legal advice.

  • Craig Jurkoic Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have the same question.

    In MS Outlook 2010 I can simply right-click and choose "Block Sender" on any message. 2 seconds; fast, easy and simple.

    How can I do that with Mac Mail?  It looks like it takes like 5 steps to do it in Mail. 

    Please tell me there's a better way.  Please tell me that Apple can do a simple function that Microsoft could do 5 years ago.

  • mammonist Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Same question. Setting up a rule for every address is a pain. Isn't there some simple way?

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,020 points)

    FWIW, If there were a simpler way, I would have posted it, and I am not intentionally withholding information here, nor are other folks.

     

    As mentioned upthread, you can use server-side mail rules to delete (and generally not block, nor bounce) incoming mail messages, though whether you or your mail  provider can access the mail server varies by provider, and by mail server.     Some providers have this capability.  Some do not.  Some provide web access into SpamAssassin or other server-side rules.  Others do not. 

     

    Check with your mail ISP for details here.

     

    I do use server-side rules to blacklist specific users and specific domains.  This is possible with OS X Server hosting your mail, and with hosting providers that offer SpamAssassin or similar access.

     

    Locally within a client, you can use mail rules within Mail.app or similar mechanisms available within other mail clients to delete messages from specific senders.   Not all mail clients have this capability.  If your mail client lacks rules — such as the iOS mail client — then you can potentially have a computer system — a desktop that can remain powered on at all times — then that system can generally be configured to recieve and delete these mail messages on behalf of the script-less clients.

     

    Alternatively, use the junk button a few times, and train the junk filter to find and nuke the messages.

     

    If you want to see Mail.app  provide a one-click nuke button, then please send the suggestion to Apple.   There's a suggestion submission item within the Mavericks Mail.app menus, and probably earlier.   The  folks might or might not see what's posted here.

  • rgspb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, if you use MobileMe, you're only option, server side, is to move to trash. You can't set it as read, you can't automatically delete it, you can't block it, bounce it, or anything like that. Setting rules in the OS X Mail app does no good whatsoever if you mostly use your iOS device for mail. Apple has always been behind the curve in this matter.

  • Guitjam Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To block email addresses from Apple IOS 8 iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, use the following procedure- Tap "From", and choose "Create Contact", "New". Jot down the name and email address, or remember the sender's info. If you forget, open the email, and tap "From". Next open "Settings", and scroll down to "Face Time". Tap "Face Time", and scroll to the bottom, and tap "Blocked". Scroll to the bottom (if you have other blocked phone numbers or addresses), and tap "Add New", and "Contacts" opens. Tap the Contact you want to block, and you're done. Tap the back arrow twice, and you're back to the main "Settings" page.  I figured this out the hard way, because I was unable to find an accurate iOS 8 procedure. I hope this helps!

  • AxeBox360 Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    I read this over 4 times and cannot understand your instructions, can you clarify them?