How Do I Stop Someone From Emailing Me?

Dec 30, 2009 - 4 Comments

stop someone from emailing me Have you ever gotten emails from someone that you really don’t want to get? Be it just plain spam or annoying messages from people you’d rather not hear from, you can reduce this unwanted email by using the Bounce feature of Apple’s Mail app. Bounce tells the message sender that your email address isn’t valid, which is very effective when dealing with real people, but less so when dealing with spammers.

How do I stop someone from emailing me?

The most effective way to reduce unwanted emails is to ‘Bounce’ a message back to the sender.

Select the message you want bounced back to the sender and go to the “Message” menu and select “Bounce”, or after selecting the message you can hit the keyboard shortcut Command+Shift+B to achieve the same effect.

Is there anything else I can do to stop unwanted emails?

Yes, you can try labeling the message and sender as Spam and that will help to weed them out as well.

For dealing with individual people I find that “Bounce” works the best to send a message to them, then marking any future emails from this individual as Spam.

bounce email

Have any other tricks for getting someone to stop emailing you? Either by bouncing their email, or through other means? Let us know in the comments.


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac OS, Security, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. David Hodgson says:

    grate tip but completely useless as there is no bounce option

  2. anon says:

    I was told to never use the “bounce” option for spam. 1) most of the addresses are bogus anyway, and 2) It’s basically the same as if you typed a message and said “I don’t want your email”. It also allows the spammer to realize that your address is a valid address, and by responding, they assume you read their email.
    What about setting up a simple Rule in mail? ie: IF address is xxx then DELETE message.
    Just my two cents.

  3. Hans says:

    Sometimes there are companies that has a problem with unsubscribing you from
    lists that you accidentally subscribed to when installing a program or downloaded
    some documentation.

    You may use a rule and a small applescript to automatically bounce mails selected
    by the rule. I may look something like:
    on perform_mail_action(theData)
    tell application “Mail”
    set theSelectedMessages to |SelectedMessages| of theData
    repeat with eachMessage in theSelectedMessages
    bounce eachMessage
    end repeat
    end tell
    end perform_mail_action

    This is not tested, just an example of what it could look like.


  4. hansi says:

    It is obvious that will not work against SPAMMERS. Why? If I send 10.000 SPAM mails an hour, I already get hundred of bounces. Why should I update my mail database?!


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