I have been using an e-mail address in Apple's "Mail" program that has been published weekly as a means of reply for readers of my columns. I also have a personal address and a .Mac address in the same Mail program.
About a month ago, I started to get up to 30 spam messages a day, all of them in German. I suspected one of my readers was the cause of the spamming, but what to do? I sure did not want to change a well known and used address.
I then decided to use the "bounce" feature of Mail.
Each day I carefully "bounced" every spam message that came my way. In many cases the message would just disappear, but the mail administrator would e-mail me back occasionally that my message could not be delivered. I simply deleted these notices.
Suddenly this week, all spamming stopped, and I have not had one spam message in that mail box for a whole week now.
I am pretty sure the "bounce" technique is what did the trick, so I thought I would post this, in case anyone else might be having a spam problem and want to try the method.
If you do, be patient and keep "bouncing" as it took nearly three weeks for the spam to stop.