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Hello. I am trying to verify why this has happened. Earlier today I was emailing, from my work email, to a client. When suddenly it started throwing back my emails saying I was blacklisted. It seemed to happen sometime today.

my email domain: @kiehlnorthwest.com

email domain I am trying to send to: @bradken.com

The email system we use is a google apps account. So I sign in via gmail to do my emailing.

My sent box is only things I have sent, which is only a few a day at most, nothing strange. I have had another coworker (with the same kiehlnorthwest.com address) email and it went through. I tested with another personal email address (same browser, also google. this time just @gmail.com)


The bounce back email is attached. Downloaded directly from the google interface.


This is a bit of a work stoppage for my contract, so its somewhat important. I am also worried this might affect other contracts if other people use this service.

Please let me know if I need to provide any more information. I don't believe I have any personal or private information in this email exchange.

Delivery Status Notification (Failure).eml

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Sorry to hear you are having problems. As you look for the cause a couple of things to help narrow you search.

Your outgoing email is not blocked locally but by some element of the receiving email system. (i.e. bradken.com Internet services provider that provides their email service.)

Block list services block IP addresses of the source of the email, not the domain names sending email.

There are several sources to check if you IP address is being blocked. To check if SCBL is blocking your IP address go to https://www.spamcop.net/bl.shtml

Starting with https://www.spamcop.net/w3m?action=map  you drill down entering you IP address to see if other block list are affecting your IP.

Without the IP address used by your email service no one here can do more that tell you where to look.

You do need to talk to the people receiving your blocked emails. It is their system that is blocking your email IP. There are several block list other than SpamCop. With some systems the system admin can white list your emails so they will not be blocked.

Hope this is some help.

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5 hours ago, IanKremer said:

The email system we use is a google apps account. So I sign in via gmail to do my emailing.

Yep.  I also use gmail as mine email setup and I have not seen any problems today.  I am not able to see the bounce, but in there it should have two lines near the top of the body saying why it was rejected.

It maybe likely that bradken.com was hit with a lot of spam and they may have copied in some text into their email program blaming bl.spamcop.net when it is their own block list.

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Yes I contacted the Bradken office and they just shrugged and said 'yes we use an external spam blocking tool". Not extremely helpful. Its just surprising it happened all of a sudden. 

I did try to look through my IP address, nothing seemed to be blocked. I am curious if it would end up being my IP or the IP of the gmail application. I am not using SMTP from my own machine, I am just logged into a browser gmail. I assume that means it would not be my own IP address. Then again others with the same domain and system as mine are able to get through.

I guess I will just make more phone calls and try to resolve it. The boucne back email just says "550 Rule imposed as (removed)@kiehlnorthwest.com is blacklisted on SPAMcop" which is rather confusing if its not SPAMcop doing it. But if Bradken has their own blacklist that might explain it. 


Thank you. If you can think of anything else that would be helpful. Was the email download helpful for finding out what IP address would cause the problem?

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