My server is blacklisted by SpamCop again!

Matt Kettler mkettler at
Tue Feb 14 22:31:47 GMT 2006

Tim Sailer wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 14, 2006 at 04:55:48PM -0500, Matt Kettler wrote:
>> Tim Sailer wrote:
>>> On Tue, Feb 14, 2006 at 04:34:56PM -0500, Denis Beauchemin wrote:
>>>> Hello all,
>>>> What do you do when one of your servers gets listed by SC because it 
>>>> sent an email to one of their spam traps?  It happened to one of my 
>>>> servers last Friday and it happened again with a different server today!
>>>> What's most frustrating is the fact that they don't give me any 
>>>> information I could use to pinpoint the PC that sent this through my 
>>>> server :-( !  And my servers NEVER send out SPAM because I reject it 
>>>> (only internal servers do this, don't flame me ;-) )
>>> I've seen this happen when they forge a return path to the spamtrap,
>>> and send email that would bounce. Right to the spam trap, and you're 
>>> toast for 30+ days
>> 30+ days???
>> has been listed for less than 24 hours and is scheduled for
>> de-listing in 14 hours.
>> Generally spamcop delists 24 hours after the last report arrives..
>> What happened that you encountered a 30-day listing??
> It wasn't me. :) But, it was a crapload of bounces, from what I
> could see in the server logs, across many days (4 or 5, IIRC). Seems
> like the SC folks were less than amused. I got into this because the machine 
> I was managing was the secondry MX, and when they took their server offline
> to 'fix' things, I got all their mail queued up.

Yeah, that's a bad thing which definitely should have had you listed until the
problem was fixed.

Still, that shouldn't have caused a 30-day listing..

The only justifiable reason I could see for a 30-day is if they actually tried
to contact you and got a bounce back for every address they tried (ie:
postmaster and abuse). In that case... well...

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