email bounces are messages that are delivered to the nominated postmaster account on an email server to indicate a problem delivering the mail to one or more recipients.

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How to stop spammers from sending spam as me

We've starting to receive bounced spam messages and the sender is one of our email address. We know that we don't send spam from that address. We've tried changing the password but we're still ...
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How did spammer spoof emails with my google apps domain (it even has DKIM!)

I have been getting a lot of bounce-backs lately. I thought my google apps account has been compromised, but there is no activity on my apps account, and there is certainly no malicious user that I ...
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What is the best method for sending email on behalf of my clients' domains?

I wanted to know the best way to make my mailserver send emails on behalf of my clients' domains, without being greylisted and also avoiding bounce problems. I've been reading some other questions ...
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Implementing Variable Envelope Return Path (VERP) using Exchange

We're looking into implementing Variable Envelope Return Path (VERP) for improved bounce processing for our application. Our current mail infrastructure is MS Exchange 2007 but are in the process ...
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Should I let email bounce or send it to a blackhole?

I have a lot of unused (old, dead) accounts on my machine. Many of them receive literally thousands of emails a day, all spam. If the account was used by a person, I let the email bounce so that ...
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How do I get off Mimecast's greylist?

Emails from our servers sent to Mimecast are being "temporarily rejected" due to greylisting. Mimecast has docs on this; they say that every time they see a unique IP and sender, they greylist the IP ...
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Parse undelivered mail headers (bounced mail)

What is the best way to parse the headers of bounced (undeliverable) email that is sent back to my server and determine whether it is a soft or hard bounce? I only send opt-in emails to my users, but ...
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How should I configure postfix to avoid sent emails bouncing because of “Invalid HELO name”

Some mail sent from sites on my server bounce back with the following mail.log message Nov 26 17:27:53 blogu postfix/smtp[16858]: C4DD22908EC0: to=, relay=rejecting-domain.ro[rejecting-ip]:25, ...
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Avoid creating backscatter on a Postfix forwarding server

I run a Postfix server that hosts a small, alias-based mailing list. Let's say people@myserver forwards to alice@someprovider and bob@someotherprovider. Now, alice@someprovider might use a more ...
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What to do if one doesn't want to receive email bounces?

Background—the standards RFC 5321 §4.5.5 states: All other types of messages (i.e., any message which is not required by a Standards-Track RFC to have a null reverse-path) SHOULD be sent with ...
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Anyone have a Powershell script to look up the MX record for a domain?

I want to check to see if the email addresses in my contact management system are valid and the best way I can think to do this is to get the MX record for their domain, then open an SMTP connection ...
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Setting bounce address using postfix

I want to set the bounce address or return path address to a particular email address(say someemail@example.com). Such that whenever a mail bounces it will send a reply to someemail@example.com. How ...
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Where is the email bounce sent? To the @domain or to the IP that sent it?

When I send an email from noreply@mysite.com to user@yahoo.com and I use that VERP bounce format like bounce+user=yahoo.com@mysite.com Is this bounce back sent to the mail server in DNS records of ...
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Silently drop OUTGOING mails to us.er.n.a.me@gmail.com (more than 3 dots in username part)

With postfix-2.6.6-2.2.el6_1.x86_64 on CentOS 6.4 is there please a way to inspect OUTGOING mails and silently drop them (i.e. do not send them) if the recipient looks like us.er.n.a.me@gmail.com ...
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Is null return path reliable indication of a bounce?

I have a mailbox that receives bounces as well as normal email (the latter includes messages from automated services). I want to filter out the bounces and forward them to another mailbox. Assume I ...
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Indirect Postfix bounces create new user directories

I'm running Postfix on my personal server in a data centre. I am not a professional mail hoster and not a Postfix expert, it is just used for a few domains served from that server. IIRC, I mostly ...
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Best practices for mass email platform [duplicate]

I am in the process of setting up mass email service. My question is: what are the best practices to achieve maximum deliver-ability. More precisely - what should I do/know to prevent spam filters ...
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Has anyone setup a temporary webmail server to catch emails during an outage?

I've recently been in a situation where an Exchange email server went down and we weren't able to bring it back online after 48hrs, so some incoming emails bounced. Also, users weren't able to send or ...
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IP address is not allowed to send mail from DOMAIN

Today I heard that a customer can't send email to us. He received the following error: < #5.5.0 smtp;550 [ipaddress] is not allowed to send mail from [domain name]. Please see ...
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Redirecting wildcard emails to one email with postfix

I'm creating a bounce email system where emails can reply to messages on my site. However when the emails are sent to the user containing the previous message, the Reply-To field contains an email ...
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unusual rate of unsolicited mail originating from your IP address

On my server I redirect mail, arriving to in@example.com, to manager1@gmail.com and manager2@gmail.com with /etc/aliases file. Recently I got the following email in my my.email@gmail.com mailbox ...
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How to configure email server to send lots of transactional emails

My organization is currently outsourcing email delivery to an SMTP service provider. We're considering bringing that back in house to deliver our own emails. We send about 5k transaction emails per ...
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Do out-of-office replies get sent to the return-path header?

I always thought that the return-path header was used for bounced messages, so I have my email newsletter software setup to unsubscribe anyone whose email address replies back to the return-path email ...
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Dynamically limit postfix attachment size

For a project I am currently working on, we received a requirement for a 'dynamic' mail attachment size limit. For postfix (which we currently use) this would be easily implemented using the ...
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SPF problems with Google Apps

I currently have an SPF record with a hostname of @ that is: v=spf1 mx ip4:x.x.x.243/32 include:_spf.google.com include:amazonses.com ~all I also have another record of" spf2.0/pra mx ...
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Hotmail and Live.com rejecting all emails [duplicate]

I have been having problems sending emails from my server to hotmail.com and live.com email addresses. I have read other posts on serverfault but they have not been helpful. Here is the error message. ...
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Exchange 2010 Mail Contacts get assigned internal SMTP addresses by the recipient policy

This environment has been upgraded from Exchange 2007 to a new Exchange 2010 server. There are several thousand email contacts that reside under the Federation_Contacts OU. Under the Email Addresses ...
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Bounce backs from web-generated e-mails are missing

We use Google Apps to host my company's mail. On our website, we send some e-mails on behalf of our users. In those e-mails we include lines like this: Return-Path: ...
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How to disable “sender non-delivery notification” in postfix?

I want postfix to stop sending non-delivery notifications to my local account, here is example from my log 17:47:08 A727B62C6F61: message-id=<20121124174708.A727B62C6F61@mail.***********> ...
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451 #4.1.8 Domain of sender address does not resolve

When sending out email to xxx@terremark.com through my own SMTP server (mail.sarit.be), the receiving mail server replies with: 451 #4.1.8 Domain of sender address <xxx@sarit.be> does not ...
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Domain of sender address does not resolve (in reply to MAIL FROM command)

When sending out emails with postfix I sometimes get this error: 451 #4.1.8 Domain of sender address <user@mydomain.tld> does not resolve (in reply to MAIL FROM command) The domain ...
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451 Temporary local issue with sending out emails

2012-06-14 21:57:14 cwd=/etc/csf 4 args: /usr/sbin/sendmail -f alerts@host2.thetimesoftimes.com -t 2012-06-14 21:57:14 1SfEIE-0000wK-Kj <= alerts@host2.thetimesoftimes.com U=root P=local S=678 ...
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Delivery Status Notification (Failure) => 550 SPF: x.x.x.x (IP address) is not allowed to send mail from <our-domain.com>

Technical details of permanent failure: Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the server for the recipient domain <repipients-domain.com> by <repipients-domain.com>. ...
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Exchange 2010 “Cannot send on behalf of user”

I am getting a bounceback when sending an email from another account, the error is "You can't send a message on behalf of this user unless you have permission to do so. Please make sure you're sending ...
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Maximum length of MAIL FROM address

When sending out emails with a MAIL FROM address > 81 characters I receive bounce messages from some MTAs: 501 Syntax error - Badly formatted address. (in reply to MAIL FROM command) As soon as ...
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reason: 403 4.7.0 TLS handshake failed

Sending email to one particular domain, I get the following error: ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <> (reason: 403 4.7.0 TLS handshake failed.) ----- ...
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Cannot recieve incoming email on recently transferred domain - all MX records updated and have proper status

Domain Name: digiwhirl.com Edition: Free edition Affected Username/s: N/A Issue Description: Cannot recieve incoming email on recently transferred domain - all MX records updated and have proper ...
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Avoid Mail Delivery System Bounce Forward [closed]

I have the following mail setup: This is what happens at the numbered stages: some spam-address (which actually does not exist) sends spam to info@xyz.org the info@xyz.org has an auto-reply ...
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Spam mail forwarded through my server using valid user

I am getting "Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender" messages. The relevant mail messages are being forwarded using a valid user (mike@proactech.com) on my server (server1.nbicharts.com). I control ...
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Why is this SPF record being reported as invalid? [duplicate]

I've set up my SPF record at improvedemployees.com as follows: v=spf1 a mx ptr ip4:84.40.9.177 mx ip4:84.40.9.11 ~all I've set up my SPF record at affiliatewebdesigners.com to point to using ...
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(Postfix + Dovecot) All emails to @aol.com being deferred

I'm running a dovecot/postfix mail server on debian and am having some issues. Everything is working fine except all emails to @aol.com are being deferred. The error code gave me: "The Reverse DNS ...
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MTA handling of too large emails

If an MTA receives an email that exceeds the message size limit, which bevaviour is preferred? What is the default for common mail servers? Reject the email during the SMTP session. The delivering ...
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How to avoid email content filtering

I have an online tool that works via email. Some emails are not getting through and I discovered the "550 5.7.1" Message Rejected due to content restrictions error. Things I've discovered that can ...
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Is a soft SPF fail bad?

Received-SPF: softfail (google.com: domain of transitioning user@domain.com does not designate XXX.XX.XXX.XXX as permitted sender) client-ip=XXX.XX.XXX.XXX; Authentication-Results: mx.google.com; ...
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How to test an email address, MX records updated, it works, some users get returned mail

I had a small issue with an email address recently, after a few changes of MX records with the help from my hosting company these were resolved. I have tested the email address from multiple ...
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disabling postfix “Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender”

Is it possible to disable the postfix notification "Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender"? Since I receive too much spam with forged senders, I don't want postfix to notify these forged senders.
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550 Verification failed Sender verify failed (in reply to RCPT TO command)

Note: email addresses, domains, and ip addresses have been changed to protect the innocent Current Error: Apr 28 23:47:32 vps01 postfix/smtp[8012]: 2A03D6285EF9: to=<brian@somedomain.com>, ...
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Email won't send

2013-01-18 10:33:04 cwd=/home/USER/public_html/clients 3 args: /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i 2013-01-18 10:33:04 1TwDwG-00023y-Ks <= USER@host.mydomain.com U=USER P=local S=3993 ...
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Having trouble interpreting mail log DNS errors

I have a postfix mail server on Debian. A client of mine just informed me that they were unable to send an email to me and it appears that there is a problem with their mail server. I would like to ...
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Postfix deferred email - How to expire so bounce-back email gets sent back

My hosted email server is "Refusing to talk : 550" with my postfix server. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail all accepts them fine. All of sudden hosted email provider decided not accept email from my server. I ...