Spam abuse

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Possible Spam Abuse Report

Welcome to Junk Email Filter. You are here because you received one of our spam abuse notification messages. We send out these messages as a courtesy to alert admins, like yourself, about possible problems that you might not be aware of. Our intent is not to complain as much as it is to inform you of a possible problem that you might want to look into. Many people find this report useful and are able to fix virus infected computers, find out a customer was hacked, or be alerted that someone is abusing their system.

Sometime we get it wrong and if we do we want to know about it. It is somewhat of a bold move for us sending this automated report in that people can see when we screw up. However if we screw up we want to know that so we can fix it. Our goal is to get it right. We are all on the same team here. We're all trying to get rid of spam.

When you look at the abuse report note that some times we are alerting you because you are on some other list we use to block spam. An example is if your message contained a link that is a blacklisted link. If that is the case then there will be information in the message telling you where to go to get your link removed. That will not only fix your problem with us but also keep your email from bouncing from other systems that use the same blacklists that we do.

Contact: Marc Perkel at:

Message Blocked due to Other Lists

One thing to watch is the reason given for the abuse report. Junk Email Filter relies on other block lists in part to determine what is spam. Although we pick lists that we consider to be reliable, everyone gets it wrong sometimes. If you are listed on one of these other lists then contacting us about it won't solve the problem. Even if we whitelisted you your email will still bounce on other servers that rely on the same lists we use. If you contact the list that caused the bounce then you can get cleard at the sounce.

Getting White Listed or Yellow Listed

We are always looking for opportunities to white list or yellow list email sources. These lists prevent a lot of false positives and allow email to pass through our filters faster and reduce load on our system.

Yellow listing is a term we invented. A yellow listed server is a mail server that sends out some spam. These would be services like Yahoo, Hotmail, and ISPs who try to get rid of outgoing spam but can't catch it all. If you are yellow listed we will never black list you and we don't check other lists to see if you are blacklisted.

Replying to our abuse report

You do not need to respond to our reports. They are completely automated and somewhat impersonal. You are welcome to respond if there is something we should know about but you don't need to apologize for being hacked or sending spam.

Getting a Black Listing Cleared

If you are mistakenly blacklisted or if you solved the problem that got you blacklisted you can contact us to be removed. We want to get it right and we don't want to block legitimate email.

Blacklisting Only lasts 3 Days

Our blacklisting data only lasts 3 days. So if you fix your problem it will automatically be removed 3 days from the last time we detected the spam.

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