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It's tempting to want to reply to spam and tell the sender to stop it (or worse). Not only is that ineffective, it could result in more spam.
Can I set up an automatic email reply to all the [BULK...] emails I get telling them that such are not being received at my email address? Would it be advisable to do so; I get few if any that inform or provide any useful info. Or perhaps I need to ask "what is the best way to deal with [Bulk...] emails other than one-by-one?"
I'm going to assume that by "BULK" you mean unsolicited email - aka spam. Email that you never signed up for and that you simply don't want.
Yes, you can set up an automated reply, but that's not what I'm going to show you.
Because you should never, ever reply to spam.
It won't make things any better, and might well make things worse.
Let me explain why...
When you reply to an email, your reply is sent to the address listed in the "From:" field (or the "Reply-To:" field) in the original email. The problem is that when it comes to spam this is rarely the person or organization that actually sent the mail.
More often it's a random email address of someone who is completely unrelated to the spam, and knows absolutely nothing about it.
"From spoofing", as it's called, is used by spammers for exactly what you might think: to hide themselves. To make tracing the source of the spam difficult, if not nearly impossible.
If you reply to spam the person who actually get your message can do nothing about the spam.
In fact they could claim that you're now spamming them.
Spammers send email to perhaps millions of email addresses at a time. And that frequently includes an extremely high percentage of bogus email addresses. (Another reason for faking the From: address is so that the spammer doesn't get all the bounces that result from all those bogus addresses.)
Why? More like "Why not?" - there's no additional cost to the spammer to send out all those bogus emails, as long as some of the emails that they send to are valid.
If they do pay attention to replies, one way they might use your reply is to confirm that the email address that they used to send to you is a valid, real email address with a real person.
That's exceptionally valuable to spammers, and they will then give you gold status among their targets.
By replying you've confirmed that your email address is valid, and you'll probably just get more spam. Lots more spam.
So what should you do with spam?
If it's really, truly spam - something that you did not sign up for, then if your email program or service supports it: mark it as spam. Most will then use assorted characteristics of the message to better identify and automatically filter spam in the future.
Don't bother blocking the sender of spam. As we've seen above the sender is rarely accurate, and changes randomly.
(And for the record, if it's something you did sign up for, then unsubscribe. Mark it as spam only of the unsubscribe process fails to work.)
If you can't do anything like that, and for any spam that continues to make it through your spam filters, delete it and move on. It's just not worth getting all worked up over. There's very little you can say or do that will stop spam once you start getting it.
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