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Russian spammers hijack one our email addresses - we receive thousands of bounced messages
In the last few minutes we are receiving thousands of bounced messages because someone is sending spam in our name. Here's an example of how we've received dozens of such bounced messages in one minute at 5:45 PM:
Years ago we made sure spammers could not send spam using our email servers (we use SMTP-AUTH and pop-before-send) - so we know we are not sending the spam. In this case, Russian spammers are using one of our email addresses as the "From" email address. Some servers are then rejecting the spam, either because the email was sent to an account that is no longer valid, or it's a vacation response, etc...
We were going to try to report the Russian spammers on Spamcop.net, but we found out we can only report spam sent to us - in this case, the spam is sent to a server, which then bounces a message back to us. Here are some relevant threads:
This is really unfortunate - there's nothing we can do. Either we cancel this email address (which we'll probably do) or we ride out the wave of bounced messages. I copy below more information and the text in Russian of one of the spam messages sent in our name.
How do I stop spammers from using my email address?, or Why am I getting all these bounces?
Here's the spam message that thousands of people are getting -
Here are sample headers from the original message after it bounced to us (I removed the to address to protect the innocent):
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