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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by thomamon, May 25, 2009.

  1. thomamon

    thomamon Active Member

    Jan 24, 2009
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    Why do I keep getting spam e-mails from myself. I have e-mail authentication set. Just to be exact, here are my settings:

    Domain Keys: Status: Enabled & Active (DNS Check Passed)

    SPF: Status: Enabled & Active (DNS Check Passed)

    Your current raw SPF record is : v=spf1 ip4: -all

    All Entry (ALL): Checked

    Overwrite Existing Entries: Checked

    Additional Ip blocks for your domains (IP4): My IP Address is there.

    Thanks! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. thewebhosting

    thewebhosting Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2008
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    Its email spoofing. It's not really from you, but it looks like it is.
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  3. arunsv84

    arunsv84 Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2008
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    This type of abuse happens frequently to many domain name owners, since
    spammers rarely use their own domain names in SPAM and viruses select
    addresses randomly from other people's address books.

    Sometimes spammers just make up return addresses to put in their spam and
    it is a coincidence they this time they chose one that happens to belong to
    you. Sending an email that appears to have come FROM someone who did not
    send it is known as "forging email".

    Anyone with Outlook or any other email program can forge whatever address
    they want in the FROM field of an email, regardless of whether they own the
    domain name in the address, regardless of whether they have permission to
    use it, and regardless of whether the domain name even exists or is valid.
    There is nothing that the rightful owner of a domain name can do to stop
    people from sending out email with an address in the FROM field using
    someone else's domain name.

    The most annoying part of having someone forge your email address in the in
    FROM field of their outgoing SPAM is that nondelivery and other bounce
    notifications will be returned to you because the undeliverable messages
    appears to come FROM your address.

    There are a couple of ways to avoid receiving those. If the username part
    (left of the @ symbol) of the forged FROM address is not a mailbox that you
    set up in your Control Panel, then you are receiving the unwanted messages
    through your default address. To stop receiving these messages, you could
    set your default address to ":fail: no such address here" so that you will
    no longer receive mail addressed to non-existent addresses at Or, if you want to keep your default account, but just
    want to disable incoming email for one particular address, you can create a
    forward in your Control Panel for the unwanted address and set it to
    forward to ":fail: no such address here" to bounce the email or
    ":blackhole:" to simply delete it.

    If the forged email address is one that is important to you, that you need
    to receive email at, there is nothing that can be done short of using the
    email filters in your Control Panel to blacklist the FROM addresses in the
    undeliverable notices, such as However, this is
    not recommended because messages FROM those type of addresses are often
    important and most of the time you will want to receive them.

    Hope this helps... :)
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