Jeff G. Posted December 29, 2005 Share Posted December 29, 2005 This is a simple version of Why are auto-responders (and delayed bounces) bad?. Lately, people find their automatic responses are being reported as spam, causing their mailservers ("auto-responders") to be listed by the SCBL and therefore blocked or filtered by some other mailservers, causing some of their email messages to not be delivered (the messages either bounce or disappear). These auto-responders respond either to every forged and legitimate email message, or only to those messages which are sent to certain primary victim mailboxes, like full or nonexistent ones or those of people who are on vacation, or only to messages sent to those mailboxes which are protected by bouncing content filters, or only to messages sent to those mailboxes which are configured for a pre-programmed response for any other reason. spam and virus/worm email messages are almost always forged to look like they are "from" an unrelated third party, the secondary victim. When an auto-responder receives one of these forged messages, the auto-responder in turn sends a misdirected auto-response email message (a misdirected auto-response) to the secondary victim. Such misdirected bounces are now considered abusive and reportable by SpamCop per the "Messages which may be reported" section of On what type of email should I (not) use SpamCop? and are very annoying, especially on accounts that receive hundreds per day (I have one such account that is a perpetual secondary victim). On behalf of secondary victims everywhere, we SpamCop Reporters now Report misdirected auto-responses sent by auto-responders, causing the SCBL listing, blocking, filtering, bouncing, and disappearance referred to above. The several types of auto-responders and auto-responses are detailed in Why are auto-responders (and delayed bounces) bad?. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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