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How not to have Gmail send auto-replies to spam messages.

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The user has stopped using their gmail address, and has gotten a custom domain hosted by another provider. They have the old gmail set up to send an auto-reply to mail still sent to the old gmail address. This message says  "I have a new email address - please use  abc@xyz.com"

The user would like to make sure that the auto-reply isn't sent to any spammers.

Does gmail send auto-replies to the messages that it filters and files in the Junk E-mail folder?  If so, is there a way to route the mail and send the auto-reply after the spam has been removed?

Thanks.
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Gmail auto-replies will go to all senders unless they are using the canned response method which can be used to filter and only respond to specific senders.
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If gmail was auto-forwarded to another account which would send the auto-reply, would the spam be kept in the Junk-Email box or forwarded as well?
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the messages would be forwarded and kept in the Gmail account.
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https://support.google.com/mail/answer/25922?hl=en&ctx=cb&src=cb&cbid=ffy2h5ubddqv&cbrank=5

look at last line.

it's supposed to only reply to legit messages. but probably goofs up sometimes.
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If using the vacation responder it can be set to only send to contacts and therefore spammers would not get messages from the account
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Could gmail be set up so that the vacation auto reply could still be forwarded and then deleted?
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You could setup a forwarder.  I'm pretty sure the vacation settings would also function.  Haven't tested it but don't see why it wouldn't.

in the Forwarding and POP/IMAP part of the gmail settings.
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