Using AOL E-Mail Controls
(lifted directly from AOL's help files)

This is a public service message for all AOL users. Please observe these procedures and allow me to send you e-mail. Thanks!
 
The Mail Controls™ feature allows you to place restrictions on the exchange of e-mail for each of the screen names on your account.
 
How To Set Your Mail Controls™:
 
1. Sign on to America Online using a master screen name. Make sure that you are signed onto AOL using a master screen name. Master screen names include the first screen name you created when you joined AOL as well as any other screen names that have been designated as master screen names using Parental Controls.
2. Go to Keyword: Mail Controls.
3. Click the Go to Mail Controls button at the bottom of the window. A list of screen names for your account appears.
4. Click the button next to the screen name for which you wish to set controls.
5. Click Edit. The Mail Controls window appears.
6. Choose from these options:
* Click allow all e-mail if you don't want any restrictions on your e-mail.
* Click block all e-mail if you don't want to receive any e-mail at all to this account. You can still send e-mail.
* Click Allow e-mail only from selected AOL members, Internet domains and addresses if you want e-mail from only the people you select.
* Click Block e-mail from selected AOL members, Internet domains and addressesif you don't want e-mail from a certain list of people.
* Click Block e-mail with pictures or attached files if you don't want to receive files attached to e-mail messages.
* To add a list of addresses, click the box next to the Add Address button, and type the first address. If you have more than one address, use commas to separate them. The address(es) you typed appear in the large list box.
* If you make a mistake in typing an address, or you change your mind about including that address, click the address to highlight it, and then click Remove Address.
7. When you are satisfied with your settings, click OK.
 
For information about restricting downloads and specific areas of AOL, see: Parental Controls.
 

Tip:  Most Internet junk e-mail is 'forged', meaning that the addresses and domains shown on the "from," "to," "reply-to," and "return-path," lines are fake. In order to cut down on the amount of junk e-mail that you receive, it's best to block several domain names in Mail Controls. The domain name is the information following the "@" sign in an Internet e-mail address.  Therefore, if an e-mail address is joe1234@xxx.xxxx.edu, then xxx.xxxx.edu is the domain name. (Note: If you block e-mail from an entire domain, you also may also block e-mail from friends who use that domain.) 
 
 Note:  If you receive a lot of Internet junk e-mail and don't typically correspond with people who use Internet e-mail, then you may want to select the option to "Allow e-mail from all AOL members, and only from selected Internet domains and addresses." Selecting this option will allow you to receive e-mail from any AOL member and only the Internet domains and e-mail addresses that you specify.