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Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Tue Feb 09, 2021 6:19 pm
by tbessie
Hi all...

So when a spammer is using one of my domain email addresses to send me their spam, and that spam isn't caught by Sonic's spam filters, I generally use the User Tools "no valid email address" alias, so that it disappears into a black hole.

Recently, I've been put on some far-right email lists (all using the same email address I provided to some unrelated third party long ago). I've tried their "opt-out" link (hey, why not try, sometimes it works), but I just keep getting them, of course.

I was wondering - what would happen if instead of the black hole, I had the email tool forward the email back to the spammer? Would this cause undue load on Sonic's email servers, possibly causing a vicious loop of back-and-forth between Sonic and the spammer's email server?

- Tim

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 9:38 am
by ngufra
Where do you send it to?

The "send from" and the "rcpt to" addresses are not the actual sender but an innocent by stander.
If you send email back to them you are spamming that person.

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:52 am
by tbessie
This is not a spammer who's using a fake from address. They are semi-legit, in that they don't try to hide. So the from address works.

- Tim

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 8:46 pm
by virtualmike
What is the the User Tools "no valid email address"?

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:05 pm
by tbessie
virtualmike wrote:
What is the the User Tools "no valid email address"?


Member Tools -> Web Sites / Domain Names -> Domain Email Addresses

You can direct email to a given domain email address to another address (ideally at Sonic, but it could be anywhere). The special target of "no.valid.email@sonic.net" is a black hole that just ignores it.

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 7:15 pm
by virtualmike
tbessie wrote:
... "no.valid.email@sonic.net" is a black hole

That's what I was looking for! I recalled the discussion from a long time ago, but I didn't need it at that time. Now I do, but my searching through the forum wasn't finding it. ...thanks!

Re: Forwarding incoming domain email spam back to spammer?

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:52 pm
by tbessie
virtualmike wrote:
tbessie wrote:
... "no.valid.email@sonic.net" is a black hole

That's what I was looking for! I recalled the discussion from a long time ago, but I didn't need it at that time. Now I do, but my searching through the forum wasn't finding it. ...thanks!


Happy to be of service!

- Tim