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Made the mistake of offering free email accounts years ago

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by glenv, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. glenv

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    I have a domain on my server that at one time (about 7 years ago) I offered free email accounts. What a mistake. On my old server, I had email shut off for that account. I depended on the hosting company to do that for me but now I am at a new host and need to do it myself.

    I already see over 65,000 emails piled up in that account. I need first to know - how to delete all those emails on that account (perhaps you can give me detailed instructions) and how do I set the account up to not accept emails anymore? I know my prior host had it set up to bounce I believe but I know it has to be done correctly so as to prevent a vicious circle of bouncing email.

    I sure appreciate all your help.

    Glen
     
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    you can set the default box in the cpanel mail manager to :fail:

    then only true accounts that still exist will get mail. If you aren't using the domain at all for email then you could point the MX to a fake address as well.
     
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    Thank you for your help.

    When I am in my Cpanel for that domain under "mail" I have

    email accounts, webmail, box trapper, forwarders, auto responders, default address, mailing lists, user level filtering, account level filtering, email delivery route, MX entry, email authentication

    Could you please explain exactly where I insert "fail:" ?

    Also, IN the MX I found where it says Change MX entry for "mydomain" "Priority "0" to:___________

    Do I just type a fake domain name there or a fake email address in that slot (assuming that this is what I am supposed to be doing)
     
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    default address
     
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    Thanks

    When I go there it has 2 selections:

    Forward to email address

    and

    Discard with error to sender (at SMTP time)

    Do I select "Forward to email address" ?

    and replace my user name with :fail: ?

    If I type :fail: in there it says "Please use an e-mail format. (Example: user@domain.com)"
     
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    discard will make it :fail:
     
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    descard not recondmended is :blackhole: bad idea.

    you will want :fail: which is the discard with smtp error. you can leave the error message blank or create one. It does NOT however send a email back to senders. It's done at the smtp door knock. It says go away bascially.
     
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    Excellent thanks for your patience.

    Do you recommend setting it to:

    Discard with error to sender (at SMTP time)
    message sent is "No such person at this address"

    or

    Discard (Not Recommended)
     

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