someone sending spam using my email address as the return path
Has anyone had this issue? someone is sending spam and using my email address as the return path. I am getting 100's of 550 error messages returned to my inbox. Any suggestions on how to correct this without deleting my email address?
There is effectively nothing you can do about this, except to wait for it to stop.
Forging a return address on email is no more difficult than writing a letter, putting it in an envelope, putting someone else's return address on the upper left corner, and dropping it in a mailbox.
If you're using an email client program like Outlook to fetch your messages, you could set up a rule that looks for something in the subject line, for example, that identifies these bounce messages, and moves them all to a junk folder, for easier deletion.
Usually, the spammers don't keep using the same address for too long - if they did, they'd start getting blocked. So, they switch spoof addresses pretty regularly, and your bulging mailbox should return to normal.
All spammers usually do that with the from address. hat way if their spam is blocked by the to address it is often forwarded to the from address (where the to mail server is set to bounce undeliverable messages instead of just deleting them).
Most e-mail programs can set filters.
I use GMail for the majority of my work and can easily set filters for all my blog moderation emails and server notifications to go under a separate label.
Even with Outlook you can set rules for it to fall automatically into another folder and you don't have to look at them rolling in. Just delete the e-mails that pile in there from time to time.
Last edited by Early Out; 05-03-2009 at 03:45 AM.
My Account has been suspended
someone is sending spam and spoofing my domain as the return address? Or is someone actually sending spam that's promoting my site in the body of the message?
This one is true. My hosting provider got the message from SPAM cop, that I am spamming.
This Domain (srinivasweb.com) Has Been Disabled. i have added 8 domains as addon domains. all those domains are not working.
i have sent mail to abuse(at)bluehost but i am not getting response.
That would indicate that the spam is actually originating from your site. If you are not sending emails that are being misidentified as spam (which can happen) then someone else is making use of a security hole in one of the scripts your site is running to send the spam.
Originally Posted by webthoughtspot
This Domain Has Been Disabled
My site was also hacked and being used for spamming and since then being disabled. I do not get anywhere to re instate it although I have removed the files that caused it. Feedback from 'abuse' just keep on confirming the spamming error. It was trojan virusses which should have being picked up by Blue host themself. Where from here? Looking for a new host? My site was running for 2 years before with no problems.
Can I check for virusses myself in the future?
You are responsible for whatever gets installed on your site. If you provide a means for someone else to install something onto your site without permission then you need to not only clean up what they installed but also clean up whatever it was that allowed them to install it so that they can't do it again.
If you are using one of the popular open source scripts then you can minimise the chances of a security hole by always running the very latest version of the script.
Spam from my domain, not replies
By open source scripts do you mean CGI's like simple mail? I'm actually getting mail sent to my yahoo mailbox from my domains with spam subjects, these aren't replies. It's coming from the domains of two accounts I manage. I'm using simple little form mailers, in fact it's called Simple Mail. Will using bluehost's script bluemail stop this problem?
Originally Posted by felgall