can I make a "fake" e-mail address?
First the question, then the background...
Can I set up a "fake" e-mail address that basically forwards to "null"? That is, I know that if someone sends an e-mail to a non-existent mailbox/forward on my domain, they'll get a message bounced back. But can I set a specific e-mail address "e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org" that will, in essence, do *nothing*?
Why I want to do this: I have some servers *not* hosted by bluehost (they're in our office) that send out some notices and reminders by e-mail. People have a habit of Replying to them, so I have the reply-to set to Doemail@example.com.
This worked well in the past when I was with a different host. People replying to those e-mail would get an e-mail back saying "no such user." I just switched to bluehost, and they seem to be blocking e-mail that don't have a valid reply-to, I'm guessing for anti-spam purposes.
When I have an "invalid" reply-to, e.g. do-not-reply, and I send the e-mail to anyone in my domain, the e-mail "disappears" (no bounce-backs, and the recipient doesn't receive it). (Also of note, I can send the e-mail, even with an invalid reply-to, to other domains not hosted with bluehost). When I change the reply-to to a valid e-mail address, the e-mail works. But I don't *want* the reply-to to be a valid e-mail address!
If someone has a different/better solution that what I'm asking, I'm all ears!
You could always set the email address up with an autoresponder saying the address is unmonitored. You could also set up the address with a minimal quota and place email in the inbox that causes the quota to be exceeded.
If outgoing e-mail need to be valid, you can always use the e-mail filter option to delete incomming e-mail to that address
Thay way you can send e-mail, but when someone replies, it will be deleted
Or you can change the "reply-to" address from "firstname.lastname@example.org" to "do-not-reply@do-no-reply"
The last one is a illegal domain and e-mail can not be sent to it in the first place
Thanks for the replies! I set up a forward to a legit e-mail address but used the filtering to delete it. Works like a charm!