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Lately, when I mark spam for bouncing I recieve error messages stating the mail couldn't be bounced either because the sender doesn't exist or the SMTP is incorrect. Is anybody else using this having the same problem? I take it this isn't a mailwasher problem but examples of spammers forging headers or faking sender's addys? (I don't know- I am ignorant of e-mail details)
The entire point of spam,or most of it, is not to get you to reply to it, but to push out the ad that is inside. If they have a working return address, which many of them do, they get the bounceback that simulates a server message stating that your email address is invalid, which will, hopefully, cause the spammers to remove your address from their database.
If they have no valid return address, and you can't bounce back, then those tend to be automated mass mailers that just bulk spam blocks of addresses, and it wouldn't matter if you could bounceback or not, they will still send.
In either regard, you are doing the best you can, which is deleting the offending garbage without seeing it, and in some cases, having your address removed from some spammers lists.
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