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Configuring Outlook to deal with spam bounces
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Lately I've been getting periodic storms of spam being returned to me as undeliverable. I don't know if the spammers intend me to open these messages, or if they're just using my domain as a From address on spam intended for someone else. Either way, it's a pain when 40 non-delivery reports a day flow into my inbox. Unlike regular spam, these messages come and go. There'll be a week where they arrive all the time, then three weeks with none, then they'll be back.
I'd like to not have to look at each one to see if it is a genuine delivery failure, but I'd also like to know if I really did have an email bounce. I figured I'd use Outlooks rules to deal with this. Surprisingly, I couldn't find a way in the rule to target non-delivery reports specifically, but the subject lines are fairly repetitive:
Apply this rule after a message arrives
This works great, especially the last part. Since the spam bounces use bogus addresses at my domain as the From address, they go into the Spam Bounces folder. If I really do screw up an email address, its non-delivery report will stay in my Inbox since my name is in the To field. For an extra feeling of safety, I added the To column into the view of the Spam Bounces folder, so I can see at a glance the bogus addresses that got me the messages in the first place.