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SPAM coming from my own domain

Category: Fighting Spam

2012-09-04 8:25 pm EST

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SPAM email displays as if it is coming from my own domain. The Internet header: Return-path:
Delivery-date: Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:31:43 -0700
Received: from ([]:25432)
by with esmtp (Exim 4.77)
(envelope-from )
id 1T8Xgk-0007yP-Ne
for; Mon, 03 Sep 2012 07:31:43 -0700
Received: from ( []) by;
Mon, 3 Sep 2012 01:31:43 +0500
Received: from COL820-W29 ([]) by with Microsoft SMTPSVC(6.0.3790.4675);
Mon, 3 Sep 2012 01:31:43 +0500
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;
X-Originating-IP: []
Subject: Buy Ciails and Viarga online!
Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 01:31:43 +0500
Importance: Normal
MIME-Version: 1.0
X-OriginalArrivalTime: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 01:31:43 +0500

Also: My email address is ONLY used for Coast Guard business and is not used outside of it, nor is it posted on ANY website, so HOW did it get in the "Internet Cloud" so that people could send it SPAM?

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31,565 Points
2012-09-05 8:44 am EST
Hello texas31,

The spam was not sent from your email address, it was simply meant to look like it. It actually came from a server in Russia.

This is known as 'spoofing', where an email appears to come from one server but was actually sent from another. Someone somewhere out there has your email address. Where they got it from is anyone's guess, but most likely someone you know has a compromised email account and the hacker obtained their mailing list.

You can set up something called SPF records on your account to prevent spoofing.

To add spf records to the account, you will want to go to the Email Authentication tool located in the Mail category of the Cpanel. For maximum protection in the SPF records, be sure to check the box under the "All Entry (ALL):" selection.

We also have an article with a video that walks you through it.

Setting up SPF Records

If you are interested in just the SPF records, that begins at the 8:00 mark in the video.

Best Regards,
Scott M

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