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    I am obstructing justice. bronze trophy fatnewt's Avatar
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    Stop Spamming from my Domain!

    I've run into this problem a couple of times.

    It seems some spammers have chosen to use one of my domain names as an alias for sending out spam. They're all random addresses at my domain name: (SomeGuy@example.com, JohnDoe@example.com, JaneSmith@example.com)

    I'm getting all kinds of spamblock and out-of-office replies from this.

    Is there anything that can be done to find out who's doing this and stop it?

    I'd prefer to not have any of my sites/domains associated with spam.
    Colin Temple [twitter: @cailean]
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    if it's malicious, it's called a joe job

    if it's just them using your domain name, be thankful

    there's not much you can do without investing a ton of money and time tracking them down
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    Yeah, I get that all the time. I used to get e-mails from "The Ifroggy.com Support Team" all the time. I still haven't found the team, but they must be hiding in my room somewhere. It's been a couple years now - they have to run out of food eventually.

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    We've all been there. Just filter those emails when they come in and have a stiff drink while you wait it out. It does end eventually.

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    Are they sending spam to others using your domain, or only to you? A lot of email used to come in from "support@mydomainname" or "webmaster@mydomainname" - generally phishing attacks. Nobody else in the world other than people using my domain name(s) got the emails. Dont see it much anymore - either my spam filters are better, or they moved on to greener pastures.

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    I am obstructing justice. bronze trophy fatnewt's Avatar
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    They're sending spam to others using my domain (as if the spam was coming from me). It's not a joe job - it's just spam using my domain.

    This happened to me at work and lasted a couple of years... It's been going on with a couple of my own sites for a few months now.

    I filter them out now, but I want to make sure this isn't going to cause any major problems.
    Colin Temple [twitter: @cailean]
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    There's nothing you can do about it, anyone can spoof a from address in an e-mail.

    Luckily they can't fake the headers so you shouldn't get onto any spam blacklists.

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    If someone is sending out spam with your domain as the From Address that is a joe job.

    There ARE some things that you can do so it is very obvious that it is not you sending the spam.

    Go and read up on SPF - and set up an SPF DNS record for your domain. It certainly makes a difference.

    I had around 25,000 bounced messages come back to me a few weeks ago from someone's spam run, and not one complaint that I was a spammer thanks to having taken the time to publish a SPF record.

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    It helps to define only the email addresses that you actually use.

    Someone out there is sending spam campaigns with my domain in the "From:" header. The "From:" was always something like "Xyhabgabn@example.com", "yo43y3@example.com", and so on.

    When these spam messages hit a bad email address, the victim's mail server would send a "Message Undeliverable" bounce message to the address. I was receiving 600 bounce messages a day because of this.

    I really only use one email address for that domain, so I tweaked a setting in cPanel to only accept incoming mail for that particular address. Bounce message problem solved.

    Hope this helps.
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