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The amount of spam I receive has skyrocketed in the last few weeks. One of my email addresses has apparently made it onto a highly used spammer list. I'm going to have to get more aggressive with my filtering approach.

A few days ago I couldn't stop my jaw from dropping when a friend of a friend stated that she follows the removal instructions on the spam and replies to the emails with the word 'remove' in the subject line. I informed her that spammers are ruthless and usually just use your reply as a confirmation that the email address is valid. Which means you are left on the list (or moved to the known-to-be-valid list) and you receive more spam.

I think a cool feature for email software would be a 'Reply with Fake Bounce' button. Click the button when you receive some spam, and it sends out a fake server bounce email stating the email address is invalid. Sure many spammers use fake 'from' addresses, but many are hoping you use the 'removal' instructions to prove you exist.

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