Spam score is negative, yet message is still marked as spam

Jonathan B Bayer jbayer at
Mon Mar 12 14:37:35 CET 2007

Hello mailscanner,

Hello all.

I have a new installation of MailScanner installed on a new mail
server.  The basic configuration is:

RedHat Enterprise 3
Postfix 2.1.3
Mailscanner 4.58.9-1

One of the users has been sending messages to the company president.
These messages are being marked as spam and moved to the spam folder.

However, when I examined the message headers, I found the following:

X-*****************_com-MailScanner-Information: Please contact the ISP for more information
X-*****************_com-MailScanner: Found to be clean
X-*****************_com-MailScanner-SpamCheck: spam, spamhaus-ZEN,
 SpamAssassin (not cached, score=-4.17, required 6,
 autolearn=not spam, ALL_TRUSTED -1.80, BAYES_00 -2.60,
X-*****************_com-MailScanner-From: dmakhijani@*****************.com
X-Spam-Status: Yes

and the subject had the {Spam?}  inserted.

Why would this be marked as spam, if the score is -4.17 ?

What's even stranger is that the user's computer connects directly
with the mail server to send the email, so it isn't even going through
another relay.

Thanks in advance.

Superior solutions for small business, home office and home users

Jonathan B Bayer,CEO           mailto:jbayer at
Bayer Technology Group         Work: (609) 632-1200
23 Exeter Rd.                  Mobile: (609) 658-9408
East Windsor, NJ 08520

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